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Gen. Raheel Sharif-led IMCTC delegation arrives in Pakistan on first visit for talks

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A delegation of the Riyadh-based Islamic coalition against terrorism, headed by former (retd) Raheel Sharif, arrived here for the first-ever visit to the country for talks with the top Pakistani leadership on issues like counter-terrorism.

The trip by of the 41-nation coalition comes ahead of Saudi Mohammad bin Salman's visit to on February 17.

acquired the services of Gen. Raheel, who retired in November 2016, as of the Islamic Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in 2017. The IMCTC was cobbled together in December 2015 to combat terrorism.

A special plane carrying the delegation arrived at in the federal capital on Sunday, the Express Tribune reported.

Quoting sources, the report said, during the two-day visit, the visiting delegation is likely to hold key meetings with the civil and military leadership of the country.

The military officials are expected to meet and besides Chief of Army Staff and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee

Pakistan's former Gen. Raheel, who is now the general of the Saudi-led military coalition, will also hold a special meeting with

Key affairs pertaining to Saudi Mohammad bin Salman's upcoming visit to will be discussed at the meeting, the report said, quoting sources as saying.

Regional security situation and measures taken against terrorism will also be discussed in the meetings, it said.

In December last year, Gen. Raheel dismissed the notion that the military coalition was aimed against any particular country, nation or sect without any mentions.

He said this while briefing the chairman, who was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, on performance and objectives behind formation of the military alliance.

The former has said the basic objective of IMCTC was to fight against the menace of terrorism until its eradication.

However, and are regional rivals and have supported opposing sides in the conflicts in and and different political factions in and Lebanon, the report said.

During Salman's visit, Pakistan is likely to sign a number of investment deals, including the construction of a in the port city of

The Saudi crown prince will follow-up on agreements signed between the two countries during Khan's visit to the Kingdom last year.

Oil-rich agreed to provide USD 6 billion lifeline to Pakistan following the second visit of Khan.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:55 IST