Forces from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan conclude military exercise in Multan

The training, which included both conventional and sub-conventional operations, concluded with a field maneuver and battle inoculation exercise involving air and ground forces. (Supplied)
The training, which included both conventional and sub-conventional operations, concluded with a field maneuver and battle inoculation exercise involving air and ground forces. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 February 2024
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Forces from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan conclude military exercise in Multan

Forces from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan conclude military exercise in Multan
  • Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy strong defense ties and bilateral security cooperation

ISLAMABAD: The Royal Saudi Land Forces and the army in Pakistan have concluded a joint military training exercise in the eastern city of Multan that aimed at enhancing capabilities and exchanging expertise, the Pakistani military said on Tuesday.

The exercise in Pakistan took place from Jan. 15 to Feb. 26 with a view to fostering joint employment techniques while enabling both parties to benefit from the experience, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the Pakistani military’s media wing.

The ISPR said in a statement: “The training, which encompassed conventional as well as sub-conventional operations, culminated with (a) field maneuver and battle inoculation exercise, employing air and ground forces.”

The commander of Pakistan’s Multan Corps saw the exercise as chief guest and expressed his satisfaction over mutual understanding and the training standards achieved, according to the ISPR.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy strong defense ties and bilateral security cooperation. The two nations regularly engage in joint air, ground, and sea military exercises, while several cadets from the Kingdom, along with counterparts from other Middle Eastern nations, annually visit Pakistan to undergo specialized military training.

The joint exercise in Multan further consolidated long-standing relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the ISPR added.

 


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Under the agreement, Dar Al Arkan will acquire and develop residential villas in SEDRA 1A, which is in northern Riyadh.

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RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Chinese counterpart on Monday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the call, Prince Faisal and Wang Yi discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, the recent escalation in the region, the importance of joint coordination, and efforts to prevent the aggravation of the situation.

Also on Monday, the Kingdom’s foreign minister arrived in Pakistan for a two-day official visit.


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Foundation stone laid for Prophet’s Biography Museum in Islamabad
  • Pakistani PM praises Muslim World League’s role in advancing Qur’anic education
  • Shehbaz Sharif: This museum will serve as a pilgrimage destination not just for Pakistanis, but for people worldwide

RIYADH: Muslim World League Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa recently attended the closing ceremony in Islamabad to honor, under the patronage and in the presence of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the winners of a Qur’anic competition for young memorizers under the age of 10.

Sharif and Al-Issa then laid the foundation stone for a branch of the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization, an extension of its main headquarters in Madinah.

The ceremony, attended by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, opened with a recitation from the Qur’an by Irshadullah bin Muti’e, the competition winner.

Sharif praised the pivotal role played by the MWL in advancing Qur’anic education, highlighting the stature of the Kingdom and its leadership in the global Islamic sphere.

He underscored Pakistan’s embrace of the forthcoming Museum of the Prophet’s Biography, recognizing its potential to advance Islamic principles worldwide and deepen understanding of Prophet Muhammad’s life.

“This museum will serve as a pilgrimage destination not just for Pakistanis, but for people worldwide,” Sharif said, affirming that the Pakistani people would deeply appreciate the museum, a gift from Saudi Arabia.

In his address, Al-Issa celebrated the young Qur’an memorizers, emphasizing Pakistan’s deep-rooted commitment to Qur’anic education and the religious dedication of its population.

He said that Qur’anic schools and institutions throughout the Islamic world should not focus merely on memorization but also on imparting understanding and insight into its meanings.

The ceremony culminated in the distribution of prizes to outstanding participants throughout Pakistan, followed by a visual presentation about the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization.


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Saudi FM visits Pakistan to strengthen economic ties

Saudi FM visits Pakistan to strengthen economic ties
  • Prince Faisal leads high-level delegation to consult on next stages of investment and issues of implementation
  • Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1bn in a mine project in Balochistan province

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Pakistan on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation, with local media widely showing footage of him being received by Pakistani Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar.

The Saudi foreign minister’s visit comes a little over a week after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Makkah and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to expedite an investment package worth $5 billion that was previously discussed. 

On his arrival at the Nur Khan air base in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, the Saudi foreign minister, who is leading a high-level delegation comprising several top ministers, was given a red-carpet welcome by Pakistani officials.

“A week after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia (April 6-8), a high-level delegation of Saudi Arabia is coming to Pakistan,” the Pakistani Information Ministry said in a statement.

“The Saudi delegation will consult on the next stages of investment and implementation issues,” the statement added, saying Saudi Arabia’s planned investment in the Reko Diq gold and copper mining project would also be discussed during the visit.

On Sunday, Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1 billion in the mine project in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, one of the world’s largest underdeveloped copper-gold areas.

Riyadh was also interested in investing in agriculture, trade, energy, minerals, IT, transport and other sectors in Pakistan, the statement said.

“As a result of this visit, Pakistan’s export capacity will increase, joint ventures will be launched and new opportunities will be paved.”

The Pakistani foreign office said last week that the Saudi delegation would comprise the foreign minister, minister of water and agriculture, minister of industry and mineral resources and deputy minister of investment, as well as senior officials from the Saudi energy ministry.

The Saudi delegation is expected to hold meetings with the Pakistani president, the prime minister, the foreign minister and other ministers, as well as the army chief and members of the apex committee of Pakistan’s Special Investment Facilitation Council, set up last year to oversee all foreign funding.