Pakistan, Saudi Arabia team up for ‘Kaseh 2’ military exercise

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia team up for ‘Kaseh 2’ military exercise
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The Royal Saudi Land Forces arrive in Risalpur. (SPA)
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Special Forces of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan engaged in joint military exercise. (Photo Courtesy: ISPR)
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The Royal Saudi Land Forces arrive in Risalpur. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Land Forces arrive in Risalpur. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Land Forces arrive in Risalpur. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia team up for ‘Kaseh 2’ military exercise

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia team up for ‘Kaseh 2’ military exercise
  • Exercise is the second phase of a 2017 drill held in Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed a mutual defense cooperation pact in 1967

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan launched a joint military exercise this week in the northern Pakistani city of Risalpur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Pakistan army’s media wing said on Friday, part of a longstanding defense cooperation deal between the two countries.
Royal Saudi land forces arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday and the exercise is expected to conclude on May 3, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The Pakistan army’s media wing said a detailed press statement would be issued once the military exercise was completed.
The exercise, called Kaseh 2, took place at Pakistan’s military college of engineering and is the second phase of a joint 2017 military drill held in the Tabuk region in northwestern Saudi Arabia.
Director General of the Pakistan army’s department of engineering, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Ajmal Iqbal, welcomed Saudi Arabia’s participation and said he looked forward to more joint exercises in the future.
Commander of the Saudi army’s Engineers Battalion 7th brigade, Col. Saeed bin Ayed Al-Qahtani, thanked the Pakistani side for their hospitality and said the exercise aimed to improve combat capabilities of both countries.
“Everyone seeks to make this exercise a success and use every opportunity to achieve the aspirations of the military leaderships,” he said.
Joint military relations between the two countries expanded with the mutual cooperation program of 1967 under which Pakistan provides large-scale combined military training to Saudi armed forces. A 1982 protocol agreement widened the scope of military cooperation to include cooperation in defense production and science and technology.
Since then, both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have continued sharing military and intelligence data under a number of joint drills between their armies, navies and airforces.