Gen Bajwa awarded highest Saudi honour | The Express Tribune

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has awarded Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed with King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Class, reported Saudi media on Sunday.

“Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, implementing King Salman’s order, decorated Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa [with] the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Class, in appreciation of Gen. Bajwa’s distinguished efforts in strengthening and developing Saudi-Pakistani relations,” Arab News quoted a Saudi news agency.

Reports said that the army chief was bestowed the honour for his “distinguished efforts in consolidating and strengthening bonds of friendship and joint cooperation and developing Saudi-Pakistani relations”.

According to Saudi media, the chief of army staff and the Saudi crown prince met on Saturday in Jeddah to review bilateral ties, especially in the field of military.

The ISPR also issued a statement concerning the tour of Gen Bajwa to Saudi Arabia. “During the visit, COAS called on Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of KSA and General Fayyadh Bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Saudi Armed Forces at Jeddah,” the statement issued on Sunday said.

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During the meetings, matters of mutual interests, bilateral defence & security cooperation and regional peace and stability were discussed, it added.

As per the ISPR, the COAS said that Pakistan “values its historical and brotherly relations with the Kingdom and acknowledges its unique place in the Islamic world”.

“Both sides agreed upon enhancing defence cooperation in the fields of joint training, air defence, counter-terrorism and communication/information domain,” it added.

“They also agreed to further enhance cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood into an enduring strategic partnership, being vital players in the region with significant responsibility towards unity of Muslim Ummah,” the ISPR added.

Order of King Abdulaziz

As per the Saudi media, the Order of King Abdulaziz, named after Saudi Arabia’s founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud, is considered the highest civilian honor in the Kingdom.

The order was officially inaugurated by King Faisal on March 20, 1971, it said, adding that the earlier version of the order was called ‘Great Chain of Badr’.

According to Al-Arabiya, the medal has been presented to several world leaders, including former US president Donald Trump. The medal was recently given to other heads of states, including former US President Barack Obama, former French President Francois Hollande, Egyptian President Abdelfattah el-Sisi, and most recently to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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