Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reemphasised the resolve of Pakistan Army to collaborate with the Saudi Arabian Army in all fields of mutual interest.
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“Pakistan Army stands by Saudi armed forces in all fields,” he said while meeting Saudi Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al Shabanah and Military Adviser to KSA’s Defence Minister Major General Talal Abdullah Alotaibi at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed al Maliky was also present during the meeting, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“Regional security situation and matters of mutual interest discussed. The Pakistan Army Chief said that both countries have a history of defence cooperation which Pakistan greatly values,” the military media wing added in a statement.
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Pakistan shares very close ties with Saudi Arabia and provides extensive defence support to the oil-rich nation. In the 1970s and 1980s, during the Iran–Iraq War approximately 20,000 Pakistani soldiers were deployed in the kingdom.
It is also speculated that Saudi Arabia secretly funded Pakistan’s atomic bomb programme and seeks to purchase atomic weapons from Pakistan to enable it to counteract possible threats from arsenals of the weapons of mass destruction possessed by Iran and Israel.