attends & the 1st Saudi International Maritime Forum & holds bilateral meeting with his Saudi counterpart

Islamabad:    (Parliament Times)   Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was
on an official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his visit, the Naval Chief attended
1 st Saudi International Maritime Forum – 2019 (SIM Forum – 2019) held in Riyadh. The
Admiral also addressed the Forum, graced second session as Guest of Honour, called
on Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces and held interactions with his naval
counterparts from various countries.
‘Saudi International Maritime Forum – 2019’ was the first multinational naval
event organized by Saudi Royal Naval Forces. The Forum included series of lectures
and panel discussions by speakers from various Think Tanks and international navies
encompassing regional maritime security concepts, threats & opportunities in global
context, increasing capacity for countering emerging threats and tackling future
challenges in maritime industry. The three day long multinational naval event was
attended by naval leaders from 13 countries and also included an exhibition of the latest
technologies, equipment and systems in the marine environment.
Chief of the Naval Staff addressed the SIM Forum and also graced second
session of the conference as Guest of Honour. During the conference, Admiral Zafar
Mahmood Abbasi called on Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Fahad
Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily and also interacted with various heads of foreign navies.
During the meetings with the foreign dignitaries, matters of mutual interest and bilateral
naval collaboration were discussed. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan’s commitment
in the fight against terrorism including Pakistan Navy’s peace initiatives in support of
maritime security in the region.
It is expected that current visit of Chief of the Naval Staff would greatly augment
the bilateral cooperation between both the brotherly countries in general and the two
navies in particular.