Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan were also accompanying the high-level Pakistani delegation to attend the month-long joint military exercise of 24 countries, aimed at strengthening “military and security cooperation and coordination” among the regional countries.
The prime minister arrived here on a two-day visit on the special invitation of the Saudi King on Sunday.
He was received at the King Abdulaziz Air Force Base at Al Khobar by Governor Dammam Prince Saud bin Nayef. Ambassador Khan Hasham bin Saddique and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf al-Maliki were also present.
Troops of the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force C-130 aircraft, JF-17 Thunder Fighter jets, Pakistan Navy ships, and commandos from Special Services Group are participating in the exercise, touted as the largest military drill in the region in terms of diversity of troops, weapon systems, and operational manoeuvring.