PM, COAS to visit Saudi Arabia for three days

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will depart for a three- day visit to Saudi Arabia to witness a major military exercise by the troops of 21 Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Aaj News reported.

According to the reports, the two leaders have been specially invited by Saudi King Shah Salman Bin Abdul Abdul Aziz.

Nawaz will be accompanied by his special assistant Tariq Fatemi on the visit.

Sources reported that troops from 21 countries, including Pakistan, are participating in a major military exercise, hosted by Saudi Arabia, in the Northern region of the country.

The objective of this exercise is to improve military training due to the threat posed by terrorist groups to the region.

Ground, air and naval forces from the Muslim countries are taking part in these maneuvers.

The premiers of participant Muslim countries along with Pakistani Prime Minister and Army Chief will be in attendance at the closing ceremony of the military exercise.

On January 19, 2016, the Prime Minister along with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif led a high delegation to both Riyadh and Tehran with the objective of mediating between the Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir later denied that Pakistan mediated between the two adding that there will be no mediation “unless Iran responds positively”.