Waqar Naseem Wamiq, Riyadh – Pakistan Naval Officers Celebrate Saudi National Day on PNS Alamgir. Captain Muhammad Akram, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval ship. PNS Alamgir held a reception dinner in honor of the
- Saudi Naval Officers
- Consul Generals
- Pakistan Community Representatives
Acting Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Shaiq Ahmad Bhutto and officers of Consulate were also present at the occasion. Commander Abdul Rahman represented the Saudi Royal Forces. The dinner held on the deck of the ship at Jeddah Islamic Port. The reception started with the national anthems of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The Commanding Officer welcomed the guests onboard. In his welcome address, he thanked the Saudi government for extending excellent hospitality to the officers and officials. Further, he said that every Pakistani has a special place in his heart for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Firstly, he said the Royal Navy and Pakistan Navy have a very close professional relationship. He said that Navies of both countries enjoyed cordial ties and both the countries have held several joint pieces of training and exercises. In addition, he said that Saudi Arabia has a very significant role and position in the region. Above all, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long, time tested and mutually supportive relations. The roots of these relations founded in people to people relationships, he added.
Secondly, Captain Akram said that Pakistan believes in promoting peace and security in the region. It has remained committed to international resolve to maintain stability and to curb terrorism in all its forms. Pakistan Navy in cooperation with international and regional navies is participating in multi-national operations known as Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan and Counter-Piracy deployments. Present deployment of PNS Alamgir is a reassertion of Pakistan that the maritime environment not used for any unlawful purpose.
Acting Consul General
Acting Consul General Shaiq Bhutto speaking at the occasion said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly relations which have strengthened over time. In addition, he said Pak-Saudi bilateral ties have expanded in all fields including defense, trade, investment and other sectors of the economy.
Above all, the visit of the ship coincided with Saudi National Day celebrations of September 23. All the participants congratulated the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Shah Salman bin Abdulaziz & Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Further, he congratulated Saudi royalty and people of Saudi Arabia on their 89th National Day.
Lastly, the Saudi and Pakistani Naval officers commemorated the day and the Pak- Saudi Naval ties by cutting a cake, together. To Celebrate Saudi National Day 2019.