Pakistani and Saudi Arabian special forces in counter-terrorism training

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Updated 05 December 2017
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Pakistani and Saudi Arabian special forces in counter-terrorism training

ISLAMABAD: Special forces from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are taking part in a joint military exercise. They have been engaged in the training since Nov. 25 in a joint counter terrorism training program at the Prince Naif Security City in Riyadh, a Pakistan military press release revealed.

The joint exercise, “Al-Shehab 2,” in which special forces of both countries are participating, is a two week long program that runs until Dec. 10, said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army’s media wing.

The Pakistani contingent of 68 officers and soldiers of the country’s elite Special Services Group (SSG) are training alongside Saudi Arabia’s finest military troops and officers.

The Pak-Saudi exercise is a follow up to “Al-Shehab 1,” held last year in Pakistan. It is focused on learning from each other’s fighting forces’ experiences in the field of counter terrorism and to strengthen bilateral cooperation to benefit both nations.

“Such exercises have more of symbolic value rather than any operational significance,” retired Brigadier Saad Muhammad told Arab News.

He said both countries enjoyed good relations in many areas apart from religion.

The retired army officer added: “It conveys a message that the two countries are close allies and in case either of the two countries faces any security threat, they will come to each other’s help. The exercise will ease joint operations should the need arise.”


Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

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Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, met on Tuesday with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in the capital Jakarta.
During the meeting, the pair discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to matters of mutual interest and the top regional and international developments.
The meeting was attended by the director general of the foreign minister’s office, Ambassador Khalid bin Musaed Al-Anqari, and the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi.
Al-Jubeir also headed the Saudi delegation at the 10th ministerial meeting of the Saudi-Indonesian Joint Committee, which was also held in Jakarta, while Marsudi headed the Indonesian side.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries and witnessed the signing of several agreement during the committee’s 10th meeting.
After that, Al-Jubeir held a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart and highlighted the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The Saudi foreign minister emphasized that King Salman pays great attention to the tragic incident that claimed the life of citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
“When King Salman learned about the incident, he immediately communicated with the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and gave his order to dispatch a Saudi team to Turkey to investigate the case and find the truth about what happened,” he said.
He added that King Salman directed the attorney-general ten days ago to investigate the case, reveal its circumstances, and discover what occured.
Al-Jubeir pointed out that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are closely following the developments of the Khashoggi case and are keen to reveal all the relevant facts in order to hold those involved accountable.