Pakistan’s Consul General Abdul Salik Khan said his country and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent relations. Speaking as the chief guest at a reception held Monday night aboard PNS Alamgir, which is on a goodwill visit to Saudi Arabia, the consul general thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the Saudi leadership for looking after the interests of the Pakistani community in the Kingdom. He said relations between the two countries are based on deep love and reverence.
Commander of the ship Capt. Naveed Ashraf said Saudi-Pak relations are of strategic nature and goodwill visits by navy ships from friendly countries strengthen these bonds. He also spoke about the cooperation between Pakistan and Royal Saudi Navy.
He said PNS Alamgir has taken part in various deployments and exercises in the country and abroad. The ship, commissioned in August 2012, is equipped with the state-of-the-art combat management system, torpedoes and missiles. It can operate an organic helicopter and is capable of fighting in all three dimensions. He said Pakistan Navy and Saudi Royal Navy will also have joint exercises. Later, a cake was cut to celebrate the long-lasting friendship between the two countries.
Meanwhile, an 18-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan visited the Diplomatic Studies Institute and the Military Command and Staff College in Riyadh.
The delegation led by Air Commodore Pirzada Kamalullah A. Siddiqui received detailed briefings followed by interactive sessions. Matters pertaining to professional skills, capacity building, Saudi-Pak relations and combat capabilities of armed forces came under discussion.
On Monday, the delegation visited the Ministry of Defense and called on Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Hussain bin Abdullah Al-Qubayal.