COAS Bajwa in Saudi Arabia ahead of PM Khan’s visit

Saudi Arabia visit

Chief of Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s crucial trip to the kingdom.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), arrived in Saudi Arabia on an official visit on Tuesday, according to Inter-Services Public Relations.

During his visit, the COAS met Saudi Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Gen. Fayiadh bin Hamed al-Rowaily and discussed matters of mutual interest, as per the Army’s media wing.

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From May 7 to 9, Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Saudi Arabia, on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He would be accompanied by several dignitaries, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other members of the federal cabinet.

Following a recent federal cabinet meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporters that the prime minister’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia would significantly contribute to the expansion of bilateral relations.

During the visit, the prime minister is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to sources. The two leaders are expected to discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation, regional security, and other topics during their meeting.

They added that the premier will be accompanied by a high-level delegation during his visit, and that he will be visiting the Kingdom at the invitation of the Saudi crown prince.

Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, declared on April 19 that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting Saudi Arabia soon. The Saudi diplomat said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the Kingdom before or shortly after Eid.”

The prime minister had previously welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s invitation to visit the kingdom (KSA). The Saudi crown prince extended an invitation to the prime minister over the phone.

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