RIYADH: Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa being received on reaching Riyadh on an official visit Tuesday ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia later this week.

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached Riyadh on an official visit, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement on Monday.
According to the military’s media wing, the army chief will meet Saudi civil and military leadership during the visit.
Gen Bajwa arrived in the kingdom just days before a visit by Khan, who is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia on May 7-9.
“He [Bajwa] was received by the [Pakistani] Ambassador [to Saudi Arabia] Bilal Akbar & Defence Attache Brig Haroon Ishaaq Raja,” the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh said.
Last month, Adviser to the PM on the Middle East Tahir Ashrafi said that the PM’s upcoming visit would give a “new dimension and impetus” to Pakistani-Saudi relations. Khan has been invited to the kingdom by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Earlier in August last, the chief of army staff visited Riyadh and held talks with the Saudi military leadership, which focused on military-to-military ties, including training exchanges. – TLTP