Saudi minister meets Imran Khan, other ministers and Gen Bajwa


ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Media Minister Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday as part of an official visit to the country.
Following a welcome at Khan’s office, the two men discussed Saudi-Pakistani relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Al-Maliki. Al-Awwad conveyed greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  In return, the Pakistan leader voiced his appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince.

Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad also held detailed meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Fawad Choudhry, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Al-Awwad said that, as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 2030 vision, Pakistan would have a huge role to play in the transformation and progress of Saudi Arabia. He emphasized the role of digital media in helping people from both countries participate in a cultural exchange, in a more robust manner.

“Through the media, we want the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to know each other’s culture, especially through dramas and movies,” he said. Adding that “there is room for improvement”, Al-Awwad said he was looking forward to Chaudhry’s support to streamline the process.

“There is a need for both Islamabad and Riyadh to work in tandem to further deepen ties. We need to work together to explore new areas of cooperation,” he said. Al-Awwad said a visit by Prime Minister Khan would seal the deal. “We are looking forward to the visit. In this regard, the time and announcement will be left to the diplomatic channel,” he said.