On his maiden official visit to the United Arab Emirates as the army chief, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir discussed ways to strengthen military affairs with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
A statement issued by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) said that the two leaders also shared views on the defence and military ties with the Gulf country to serve common interests.
"The two sides reviewed cooperation relations and joint work between the UAE and Pakistan in defence and military affairs, as well as ways to strengthen them to serve the common interests of the two friendly countries," the statement read.
COAS Gen Munir was received by the UAE president at Qasr Al Shati Palace. President Nahyan congratulated the army chief on taking charge as Pakistan's military leader and wished him luck on his new duties to serve his country and people.
The WAM reported that COAS Gen Munir expressed his thanks and appreciation to the president for congratulating him.
The meeting was attended by UAE's National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security Ali Mohammed Hammad Al Shamsi and Staff Lieutenant General Engineer Issa Saif Mohammed Al Mazrouei as chief of staff of the UAE armed forces.
A day earlier, Gen Munir met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
During the reception, according to the SPA, the army chief and the Saudi crown prince also reviewed "a number of issues of common concern."
The state news agency reported that the reception was also attended by Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman and National Security Adviser Dr Musaed bin Muhammad al Aiban.
This is Gen Munir’s first overseas official trip ever since he took charge as the army chief. He is expected to return to Pakistan on January 10.
The ISPR had said that the army chief during the week-long visit would be meeting the senior leadership of both countries and discussing matters of mutual interest, military-to-military cooperation and bilateral relations focusing on security-related subjects.
Gen Munir performed Umrah where the doors of Kaaba were opened for him, The News reported on Monday.
In a video posted on Instagram, Gen Munir could be seen walking out of the Holy Kaaba with some other people. The army chief wore a black jacket and pants.
It was reported that the doors of the Holy Kaaba were opened for the top general in a display of extraordinary hospitality, local media reports. Gen Munir, who is a Hafiz-e-Quran, offered prayers inside Kaaba.
Another clip shows the army chief visiting Masjid-e-Nabwi (SAW), the second holiest mosque in Islam, with Saudi security personnel escorting him.
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