Pakistan, Saudi Arabia eager to promote bilateral relations
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have expressed their eagerness to promote bilateral relations in the areas of trade, investment and technology.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed their determination to extend support to each other on the issues of regional and international importance during a meeting held at the Foreign Office on Tuesday.
Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding fraternal ties with Saudi Arabia and said that Pakistan was committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.
The relationship between the two countries has strong and robust foundations and is poised to acquire a new level, the Foreign Office said.
Foreign Minister Qureshi paid rich tributes to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for achieving the new heights of progress and development of the kingdom under their visionary leadership.
The two leaders discuss in detail bilateral relations, regional and global issues of common interests.
Recalling the successful visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia in May, the two foreign ministers reviewed the implementation status of the decisions taken during the visit.
The two sides agreed to continue working closely to further strengthen bilateral relations in all spheres, with a particular focus on trade, investment, energy, environment, and culture.
Both the ministers expressed satisfaction on the ongoing work related to the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council (SPSCC), which is the highest level platform designed to impart strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi relations.
The two sides also agreed that the SPSCC will play a catalytic role in fostering enhanced bilateral cooperation in all fields.
FM Qureshi offered Pakistan’s full support in the realisation of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, including through sharing of experience and provision of requisite professional and technical manpower.
He highlighted Pakistan’s shift focus from geo-politics to geo-economics – with emphasis on three central pillars of peace, development partnerships, and connectivity.
Qureshi also highlighted the transformational China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and said there are vast opportunities for investment in the Special Economic Zones.
Qureshi highlighted the human rights violation in the Illegally Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and underlined Pakistan’s principled position on the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
He thanked Saudi Arabia for its steadfast support for the Kashmir cause.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also apprised his Saudi counterpart of Pakistan’s perspective for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Emphasising that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, he underlined Pakistan’s sincere and serious efforts for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan.
Durable peace and stability in Afghanistan would open up new avenues for regional connectivity and economic cooperation, he said, and highlighted the hardships being faced by the Pakistani nationals due to the current Covid-related travel restrictions.
Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed the hope that in view of the improved situation on the ground in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia would take steps to facilitate their travel to the kingdom.
The visit of the Saudi foreign minister to Pakistan imparts further impetus to the positive momentum in bilateral exchanges and deepening mutual cooperation.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also hosted a luncheon for the visiting dignitary and accompanying delegation.
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