Pakistan confers Saudi Army Chief with Order of Excellence award

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President Arif Alvi confers the Chief of General Staff of the Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Fayiadh bin Hamed bin Ragad Al-Rowaily, with the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) military award on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: PID)
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President Arif Alvi in a meeting with Chief of General Staff of the Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Fayiadh bin Hamed bin Ragad Al-Rowaily, at the President House in Islamabad on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: PID)
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Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat held a meeting with Chief of the General Staff, Armed Forces of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, General Fayyadh bin Hamid Al Ruwaili at Joint Staff Headquarters on Tuesday.
Updated 24 January 2019
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Pakistan confers Saudi Army Chief with Order of Excellence award

  • Islamabad attaches great importance to its unique relations with Riyadh, President Alvi says
  • Notes a hike in trade and investment ties between the two countries

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi conferred the prestigious Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) military award on the Saudi Army Chief on Tuesday.

The award is a state-organized civilian honor which recognizes achievements for Pakistan or an outstanding service for one’s own country. It is not limited to citizens of Pakistan and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel.

General Fayiadh bin Hamed bin Ragad Al-Rowaily was conferred with the award at a special ceremony – held at the President House in Islamabad on Tuesday – which was attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, and other senior officials.

Later, General Al-Rowaily held a meeting with the president where the two discussed matters of mutual interest.  “Pakistan attaches great importance to its unique and brotherly relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which are based on mutual trust and wishes to expand cooperation in all fields,” a statement released by the President Office read.

President Alvi expressed satisfaction at the close defense and cooperation ties between the two countries, adding that it had scope for more growth particularly in the field of defense production.

“He also highlighted the ever-accelerating trade and investment relations between both the countries,” the statement read, adding that the president underlined the importance of Pakistani expatriates who were making tremendous contributions to the progress and development of Saudi Arabia. “They can play an important role in the implementation of Vision 2030 projects,” an excerpt from the statement read.

General Al-Rowaily thanked the president and the Government of Pakistan for the honor and said that he “hoped that the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries would further grow in the future,” the statement added.

The Saudi Army Chief also co-chaired the fifth round of Pak-KSA JMCC meeting with Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Tuesday. Among other things, the meeting focused on regional security situation, bilateral military engagements, and training cooperation between the two countries.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy deep-rooted defense ties, with the armed forces of both the countries conducting joint exercises in Pakistan and the Kingdom on a regular basis.

Both the nations enjoy multi-faceted cooperation at various levels, too. Recently, Islamabad and Riyadh agreed to further enhance the existing cooperation in diverse fields.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

Prince Khalid reiterated that peace and security were top priorities for Saudi Arabia, and that the Kingdom was working together with other countries to achieve that aim.

"Today's participation in this conference is part of the continuation of its efforts in combating terrorism for the safety of all people and nations," he tweeted.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, are in Russia for an official visit, during which the members took part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.