PM stresses upon strengthening economic bond with Saudi Arabia

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28th Jul, 2021. 12:17 pm
Prime Minister Imran Khan AJK visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the deep-rooted and historic bonds between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and emphasised the need to strengthen the economic dimension of these ties by taking steps to realise the vast possibilities in trade, investment and energy.

The prime minister was talking to Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, who called on him.

The Covid situation in the two countries and in South Asia also came under discussion during the meeting.

On the situation in Afghanistan, the prime minister underscored the need for constructive engagement among the Afghan parties for securing a negotiated political settlement, which was critically important for peace and stability in the region.

Prime Minister Khan appreciated the work related to activation of the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council (SPSCC), which was the highest-level platform designed to impart strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations.

He also lauded the important role of Pakistan’s community in Saudi Arabia in the progress and development of the two countries.

The prime minister said the strong people-to-people linkages helped build solid foundations of bilateral cooperation.

Highlighting the difficulties being faced by the Pakistani nationals due to the Covid-related travel restrictions, the prime minister underlined the importance of timely measures for facilitation of their return to Saudi Arabia.

He thanked the administration of Covid vaccines to Pakistanis living in the kingdom, and conveyed cordial greetings for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and fondly recalled his visit to the Kingdom in May.

In line with the decisions taken on the occasion, the prime minister highlighted the assiduous follow-up and stressed the need for exploring new avenues of cooperation to further deepen bilateral relations in diverse fields.

Thanking the prime minister for the warm welcome accorded to the Saudi delegation, Prince Faisal underscored the importance that Saudi Arabia attached to its strong relationship with Pakistan, based on bonds of brotherhood.

He reaffirmed the resolve to take all possible measures to further strengthen the bilateral relations under the strategic direction set by the crown prince and the prime minister.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy close fraternal relations, marked by close cooperation and mutual support. Saudi Arabia is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and steadfastly supports the Kashmir cause.

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