Pakistani president, Saudi navy commander meet on defense ties

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Monday met with visiting Vice Admiral Dakheel Allah Bin Ahmed Al Waqdani, Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, and both sides emphasized upon further defense ties between the two countries. Pakistan-Saudi Arabia bilateral relations including defense cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting, a statement from the president's office said.

This could be a stepping stone for Saudi Arabia to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.