Nawaz Sharif to witness closing of 21-country military exercise in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Saudi Arabia from March 9 to 11 on the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.


The Prime Minister during his visit would also witness the ongoing military exercise `North Thunder’ and its closing ceremony, a statement from the Foreign Office said.

A number of other Heads of State and Government have also been invited to witness the event. Troops from 21 countries including Pakistan are participating in the exercise in the northern region of Saudi Arabia. The main goal of the exercise is to improve training in responding to the threat posed by terrorist groups.

Pakistan enjoys cordial and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia, which are characterized by strong bonds of affinity, mutual respect and solidarity, and draw strength from shared historical, cultural and Islamic values.

Both countries enjoy multi-faceted cooperation including in the fields of defense and counter-terrorism.

The Foreign Office statement said the people of Pakistan hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in high esteem.

“The Government of Pakistan has affirmed that we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with our Saudi brethren against any threat to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia,” the statement said.

Pakistan has consistently supported all regional and international efforts to combat militancy, extremism and terrorism and, to this end, has extended its full support and cooperation to the international community, the Foreign Office said.

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