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Pakistan, Turkiye and Saudi Arabia explore collaboration in defense technologies

Pakistan, Turkiye and Saudi Arabia are considering a potential collaboration in defense technologies in a meeting attended by senior military officials from the three nations in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan.

The second Trilateral Defense Collaboration platform meeting was held on Tuesday (January 9) at the GHQ, the headquarters of Pakistan’s army, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The meeting followed the inaugural session of the committee in Riyadh last August, with the forum established to enhance defense cooperation among the three countries. The meeting served as a platform to explore collaboration in defense equipment technologies, including research and development.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the trio reaffirmed the salience of “combining the intellectual, technical, financial as well as human resources of the three friendly nations towards the achievement of shared objectives and attainment of self-sufficiency in the defence domain”.

Acknowledging the historical ties between the three countries, they reiterated their strategic intent to expand the scope of trilateral cooperation and underscored the need to accelerate collaborative efforts.

The next meeting on Trilateral Defence Industrial Collaboration is scheduled to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the World Defence Show in February.

Saudi-Pak bilateral meeting

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia conducted their bilateral defense collaboration meeting on the sidelines of the trilateral dialogue, marking the third edition of the Pakistan-KSA Defence Collaboration Committee discussions, according to the ISPR.

The two countries discussed in detail bilateral interests and the evolving global security environment. Emphasis was placed on the rapid advancements in military technologies, highlighting the necessity for defense industrial cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to fulfill shared objectives.

Both countries expressed a strong mutual desire to enhance defense cooperation across all domains, aiming for self-sufficiency in defense production. The forum highlighted the importance of exploring further avenues for defense cooperation and accelerating collaborative efforts.

The meeting underscored the growing defense relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, reflecting their commitment to deepening bilateral ties in the defense sector. The focus remained on addressing modern challenges and collaborating on technological advancements, marking a pivotal moment in their strategic partnership.

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