ISLAMABAD — A three-week-long Saudi-Pakistani Joint Military Drill (Al-Shihab) concluded here Friday within framework of military cooperation between the two countries.
The drill focused on counter terrorism training of the special operation forces of Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which included cordon and search operations, airdropping and heli lifting of special forces for operations against terrorist acts and their hideouts.
In a press statement at the conclusion of the military drill, Chief of Pakistan Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif reiterated that any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong and brotherly relations which have a long history of deep rooted cooperation.
“This drill signifies the joint effort of our two countries against terrorism and we will defeat this menace in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.
Kadhi Khalilallah, spokesman of Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also stressed depth of the relations binding Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in all fields, particularly security and defense.
In reply to a question during his weekly press briefing, Khalilalla said the Al-Shihab exercises came within the security and defense cooperation between the two countries aiming to enhance the readiness of troops in the two countries in combating terrorism. — SPA