PM to visit Saudi Arabia from 9-11; to witness closing of military exercise
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Saudi Arabia from March 9 to 11 on the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz AlSaud. 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 twenty one 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 counterterrorism. The Foreign Office statement said the people of Pakistan hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in high esteem.