SAUDI ARABIA - Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi yesterday called on Military Advisor to Minister of Defence Maj Gen Talal Abdullah Al-Otaibi and Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Pakistan Navy, during the visit, the Naval Chief also witnessed the World Defence Show organized by the Saudi Ministry of Defence and called on Commander US NAVCENT Vice Admiral Brad Cooper.

During his separate meetings with the military leadership of KSA and Cdr US NAVCENT, matters of mutual interest including bilateral defence collaboration and maritime security in the region were discussed.

The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan Navy’s instrumental contributions for ensuring maritime security and stability in the region including Regional Maritime Security Patrols and participation, as well as leadership of multinational naval task forces within the ambit of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

The dignitaries appreciated Pakistan Navy’s initiatives in support of the collaborative maritime security in the region and acknowledged significance of strong bilateral defence collaboration.

It is expected that the visit of the Naval Chief will further augment and expand defence ties between the two countries in general and navies in particular, said the officials.