ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani returned home Monday after concluding his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.
Military sources told that Gen Kayani held a special meeting with Khadim i Haramian Sharifain King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and thanked government and people of Saudi Arabia for extending timely assistance for their flood-stricken brethren in Pakistan.
Sources disclosed that on the occasion King Abdullah said he was much grieved over the devastation caused by worst floods, adding, “he expresses his condolence with the bereaved families on the loss of lives of their dear ones in the floods.”
“Grief of Pakistan is grief of Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding, “we can not leave our Pakistani brethren alone in this hour of trial at any cost.”
Saudi Arab would dispatch the relief goods whatever is required by Pakistan by activating all its resources, he assured.
According to sources, the Army Chief met his Saudi counterpart and key members of the Royal Family and exchanged views on defence and military ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, regional security situation, ways and means for bolstering bilateral ties and other matters of mutual interests.