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Saudi-led military coalition chief Raheel Sharif calls on Pak PM

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's former Gen Raheel Sharif, who is heading a Saudi Arabia-led Islamic military coalition, on Tuesday called on and exchanged views on regional peace and stability besides discussing matters of mutual interest.

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

Sharif, who is considered to be close to Saudi Mohammad bin Salman, is leading a delegation of IMCTC - the 41-nation military coalition - to

During the meeting, Khan and Sharif "exchanged views on regional peace and stability besides discussing matters of mutual interest", state-run Radio reported.

Sharif, who arrived in Sunday ahead of the Saudi crown prince's maiden two-day trip starting February 16, has been busy meeting political and military bigwigs since then.

He has met Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Gen

Sharif apprised Qureshi of the measures that are being taken by the coalition in order to combat terrorism, said a statement by the

The "lauded the efforts of the coalition force to establish peace and stability in the region".

The two also talked about the importance of regional peace and stability and other matters of mutual interest.

A press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the of the army, said "matters of mutual interest including regional peace and stability" were discussed during Gen Sharif's meeting with Gen Bajwa.

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

The had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and

Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch rival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from to

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.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 17:45 IST