Naval chief conferred with King Abul Aziz Medal of Excellence

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah on Monday was conferred with “King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence” by Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan at Riyadh.

The Naval Chief is on an official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on the invitation of Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan, said a news release issued here by Public Relations Directorate of Pakistan Navy.

Upon his arrival at Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Headquarters, Riyadh, he was received by Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan. A smartly turned-out contingent of RSNF clad in ceremonial dress, presented him honour guard.

Later, the Naval Chief called on Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan, in his office. During the meeting, he discussed matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security

environment in Indian Ocean Region.

Commander RSNF highly appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Navy and active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region.

The Naval Chief also met Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan. During the meeting professional matters of mutual interest and bilateral defence ties were pondered upon.

General Abdul Rahman acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, based on strong defence foundations and historical ties and highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Highlighting the time-tested and enduring bonds of friendship between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah also looked forward to further enhancing the interaction between both the countries in diverse fields of training, mutual visits and defence collaboration.

This visit is expected to greatly augment bilateral cooperation between both the countries in general and Navies in particular.