Army Chief meets Saudi Crown Prince

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir met Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, at his winter camp in the Saudi city of ‘AlUla’, early Monday.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and the ways of enhancing them, in addition to a number of issues of common concern. The SPA also shared pictures of the Crown Prince’s reception for the Army Chief at his winter camp in the city of AlUla.

The reception was attended by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense and Dr Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and National Security Adviser. The reception was also attended by the Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ameer Khurram and a number of Pakistani officials.

The Army Chief is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) from January 4. He is expected to return to Pakistan on January 10. According to Saudi media reports, the Army Chief on Monday also performed Umrah where the doors of Kaaba were opened for him in a display of extraordinary hospitality. In a video posted on Instagram, the Army Chief can be seen walking out of the Holy Kaaba with some other people. The Army Chief also offered prayers inside the Holy Kaaba.