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COAS Asim Munir talks military cooperation with Saudi Arabia on first foreign trip

COAS Asim Munir and Saudi Defence Minister Khalid bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh discussed enhancing the military and defense cooperation between the two countries.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir on Thursday met Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman and discussed the ways of strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

According to the details, COAS Asim Munir and Saudi Defence Minister Khalid bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh discussed enhancing the military and defense cooperation between the two countries. The two leaders emphasized the strength and durability of bilateral relations between the two fraternal countries.

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“Pleased to meet H.E General Asim Munir, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff. We emphasized the strategic partnership between our brotherly countries, reviewed the bilateral military and defense relations, and discussed ways of strengthening our cooperation,” the Saudi Defence Minister later said.

At the outset of the meeting, the Saudi defense minister also congratulated Gen Munir on his appointment as the army chief.

COAS Gen Asim Munir is on his first official visit abroad after his appointment. According to the details by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS will visit Saudi Arabia and UAE, and his trip spans from January 4 to January 10.

Gen Munir took over the command of the Pakistan Army from Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in November of last year at a ceremony held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. With the change of command, Gen Munir became the 17th army chief.

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Gen Munir was commissioned in the 23rd Frontier Force Regiment in 1986. He passed out with the 17th Officers Training course, Mangla, and was awarded the coveted sword of honor.

Gen Munir has also served as directing staff in Command and Staff College, Quetta, brigade major of a deployed infantry brigade in Kel, general staff officer, grade-2, CGS secretariat, and chief of staff of Mangla corps.