Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy extremely cordial relations with strong religious, cultural and historic bonds, we consider Pakistan as Saudi Arabia’s closest friend: Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Karachi, December 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): The 104th Midshipmen commissioning term and 13th Short Service Commission Officers’ Course, comprising a total of 88 officers, got commissioned at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS RAHBAR, upon completion of rigorous training. Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah.

Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan, while addressing said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, enjoy extremely cordial relations; with strong religious, cultural and historic bonds. We consider Pakistan as “Saudi Arabia’s closest friend”. We have complete harmony on regional problems and hold regular consultative sessions on bilateral issues. Both the brotherly countries are always keen to further augment regional cooperation in various fields of mutual interest and to further the cause of maintaining international peace and stability.

The Saudi Naval Commander said that Saudi Arabia sincerely believes in bi-lateral and multi-lateral resolution of all regional conflicts through dialogue. The Middle East is currently undergoing a tumultuous phase. We stand united and committed to resolve all these issues peacefully and would not let the enemies take advantage of the situation.

Adding further, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces said that Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Force also share wide-ranging maritime cooperation; we greatly value the support currently being offered to us by Pakistan Navy. Regular conduct of bilateral Naval exercises like ‘Naseem Al-Bahr’ also bear testimony to this fact.

While congratulating and extending felicitations on achieving this milestone, the Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces advised the passing out Midshipmen and cadets to seek professional knowledge and technology from all available resources. “We must relate to our glorious past as well. It was Muslim scientists and explorers who laid the foundation of modern navigation and seafaring. Therefore, in order to rejuvenate our predecessors’ contribution in the field of science and technology, it is incumbent on us that we should focus on Research and Development more than ever before”, He said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy highlighted the salient features of the officers training. He apprised the audience that the commissioning term comprises of 68 Midshipmen including 46 from Pakistan and 22 from brotherly countries Bahrain and Libya. He added that 20 Cadets from Short Service Commission Officers Batch are also being passed out today. The Commandant highlighted that cadets from Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Maldives, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Yemen are also undergoing training at Pakistan Naval Academy.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away prizes to the winners. Midshipman Arsalan Tariq was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Whereas, Midshipman Rana Muhammad Shoaib won the Academy Dirk. Cadet Sher Zaman, Allied Cadet Omer Jedea Abdulla Alzaed (Bahrain) and Cadet Saira Batool (SSC) were given Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal, Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal and Commandant’s Gold Medal, respectively.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior military officers, Ambassadors, Defence Attaches of various countries, civil dignitaries and parents of passing out midshipmen and cadets.

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Pakistan Navy
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