Kuwait and Pakistan Navy ships hold joint exercises

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PAKISTAN Navy PNS-Haibat and PMSS Basol visited Kuwait under the leadership of Mission Commander, Commodore Saqib Ilyas from Sept 26 to 29, 2022. The visitors were welcomed by Commodore Saif Al Hamlan, Chief of Operations in Kuwait Navy, Brigadier Abdullah Hamad Abdullah, Head of Port Security and Embassy officials. The visit was part of Pakistan Navy’s Regional Maritime Security Patrol. During the naval ships visit, Pakistani delegation held two high-level meetings with Kuwaiti military dignitaries. On 27 September 2022, the delegation (Mission Commander and Defence Attaché Brigadier Muhammad Asim) held a meeting with Commander Kuwait Coast Guards Brigadier General Talal M. Mounes.

Pakistani Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Mohammad Farouq (center) is flanked by Kuwaiti and Pakistani Naval officers at the reception

Another highlight of the visit was Pakistani delegation’s meeting with Commander Naval Forces Brigadier General Hazza Mutlaq Alalati on September 28, 2022. During the meetings, the two sides agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the naval fields, especially in the training exchanges for navy personnel, regional maritime security and joint security exercises. The delegation welcomed Kuwait’s substantive participation in the upcoming Aman Exercise 2023 being organized by Pakistan Navy. The two ships also held joint exercises with Kuwait’s naval force.

The Ambassador of Pakistan Malik Mohammad Farouq and Mission Commander of the visiting Ships contingent Commodore Saqib Ilyas co-hosted a small reception aboard the ships in honour of Kuwaiti military officials. Brigadier General Naval Staff Kuwait Navy Ahmad Mohammad Al-Bati was the chief guest.

One of the Pakistan Navy ships is seen anchored at the Shuwaikh Port, Kuwait

The Ambassador welcomed the honorable military officials of Kuwaiti and Pakistani community members aboard. He expressed gratitude to the Government of Kuwait for hosting and facilitating the visiting delegation of Pakistan Navy ships. He stated that Pakistan and Kuwait have deep historical and fraternal ties, especially in defence and security. He reinforced and appreciated Commodore Saqib Ilyas’s remarks that PNS Haibat is Pakistan’s indigenously designed and constructed ship. He also expressed satisfaction at Kuwaiti naval delegation’s participation in the initial Planning Conference for the upcoming AMAN Exercise 2023. He expressed the hope that Kuwait would substantively participate in this exercise. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Naval Staff Ahmad Mohammad Al- Bati thanked the hosts for the invite and appreciated the reception.

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