Pakistani, Saudi Arabian special forces conduct joint exercises

December 3, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Saudi Arabian special forces are holding an anti-terrorism joint exercise at a Saudi military center, the Pakistani military said on Sunday.

Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise, a statement from the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The joint counter-terrorism exercise “Al-Shehab-2” started on Nov. 25 at Prince Naif Security City, Riyadh, and will continue till Dec. 10, the statement said.

“Al-Shehab-1” was held last year in Pakistan, the army statement said.

“The Pak-Saudi joint exercise will help participating troops from both sides to learn from each other’s experiences in the counter-terrorism field and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two forces and the countries,” the army said.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are close allies and support each other at international forums, the army statement said.

Pakistan also fully supports the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance Counter Terrorism Coalition, it added. NNI