Pakistan and Saudi navies share unique bond, top official says

Capt. Shahid Wasif, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) SAIF, hosted a reception dinner in honor of the Saudi Naval Officers, diplomats, Pakistani media and Community representatives, on Monday, on the ship deck at Jeddah Islamic Port. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Pakistan and Saudi navies share unique bond, top official says

  • Capt. Wasif acknowledges Kingdom’s support in promoting bilateral ties
  • Says Islamabad will continue to safeguard waters of friendly countries

ISLAMABAD: Thanking the Saudi government for its hospitality towards naval officials visiting the Kingdom, Capt. Shahid Wasif, Commanding Officer of PNS Saif, said that the Pakistan Navy would continue its mission to safeguard and enhance bilateral relations with friendly countries.

Addressing the reception — hosted on board PNS Saif which is currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia —  in honor of Saudi Naval Officers and diplomats, at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Monday, Capt. Wasif added that the navies of both countries enjoyed a unique bond as some officers had trained together at the Pakistan Naval Academy, in Karachi.

“Navies of both countries have also held a number of joint trainings and exercises, including the Naseem-ul-Bahr joint naval exercise,” Capt. Wasif said.

Capt. Tariq Al Seeri, a representative of the Saudi Royal Navy, Pakistan’s acting Consul General, Shaiq Bhutto, and other consulate officials also attended the event which began with the national anthems of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, a statement issued by Pakistani Consulate in Jeddah, said.

“Saudi Arabia has a very significant role and position in the region. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have time tested and mutually supportive relations,” Capt. Wasif said, adding that Pakistan believes in promoting peace both at a regional and international level and “will always remain committed to the cause”.

He acknowledged the vision of the Saudi leadership to promote bilateral ties, while expressing a desire to “broaden Pakistan Navy’s cooperation with Saudi Navy”, the statement said.


Malaysia says it won’t host any more events involving Israel

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Malaysia says it won’t host any more events involving Israel

  • Malaysia is a strong supporter of the Palestinian plight
  • The government said Israeli swimmers cannot join the competition in July that serves as a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia: Malaysia’s foreign minister says the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel.
Malaysia, a strong supporter of the Palestinian plight, is among the predominantly Muslim countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. The government has said Israeli swimmers cannot join the competition in July that serves as a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Wednesday that the Cabinet affirmed last week that no Israeli delegates can enter Malaysia for sporting or other events. He said the Cabinet has also decided not to host any more events involving Israel “to reflect the government’s firm stance over the Israeli issue.”