Pakistani president, Saudi navy commander meet on defense ties

09:50, April 26, 2011      

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Monday met with visiting Vice Admiral Dakheel Allah Bin Ahmed Al Waqdani, Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, and both sides emphasized upon further defense ties between the two countries.

Pakistan-Saudi Arabia bilateral relations including defense cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting, a statement from the president's office said.

The president hailed the contributions of the commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces in promoting and giving further impetus to the existing relationship between the defense forces of the two countries, it said.

The president also conferred the award of the country's highest military award "Hilal-i-Pakistan" on Waqdani in recognition of his endeavors for strengthening cooperation between the Saudi Naval forces and the Pakistan Navy.

Waqdani, a graduate of Pakistan Naval Academy, received his commission in 1969 as Ensign in the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. He was promoted to the rank of vice admiral and appointed as commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces on May 9, 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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