Saudi Arabia assures Pakistan
of its “unflinching support”

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RAWALPINDI: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud has assured Pakistan of Saudi Arabia’s “unflinching support” and appreciated its “efforts for promoting peace and stability in the region”, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations on Wednesday.

The statement said the Saudi foreign minister called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi and discussed matters of “bilateral interest, evolving security situation of the region, including Afghanistan peace process, and collaboration for regional peace and connectivity”.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud and Prime Minister Imran Khan discussing bilateral relations at PM House on Tuesday.

The COAS, as per the military’s media wing, said on the occasion that Saudi-Pakistan relations were based on “brotherhood and mutual trust “, adding that both the countries would continue to play their part for peace and stability.

He also thanked the Saudi leadership for support to Pakistan and its armed forces, the statement added.

The Saudi minister’s visit came on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along whom he addressed a press conference in Islamabad.

Al Saud had said during the press conference that the kingdom was looking to expand the dimensions of its relationship with Pakistan through the SP-SCC.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and members of their delegation busy in talks in Islamabad on July 27, 2021.

He had emphasised the importance of enhancing economic ties, saying that it had been the main focus of his discussion with Qureshi prior to the press conference.

“We focused very much on the economic side of the relationship and on opportunities to expand it beyond the traditional areas of investment.”

He had further stated that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had agreed to work together on ensuring stability in each others’ regions.

“We have agreed to work [together] on regional issues, whether it’s Kashmir, Palestine or Yemen. We will work together to ensure stability in both our regions.”

Later, he had met Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had highlighted the difficulties being faced by Pakistani nationals due to Covid-related travel restrictions by Saudi Arabia and underlined the importance of taking timely measures to facilitate their return to Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on Tuesday reaffirmed to strengthen economic cooperation to further deepen bilateral relations by taking steps for realising the immense potential in trade, investment and energy sectors.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.

Both the countries reaffirmed their commitment to institutionalise the bilateral relations so as to make enhanced progress in the areas of trade and economy.

This was transpired from the separate meetings of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud with President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here.

According to details, the Prime Minister while talking to Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud emphasized the need for strengthening the Pak-Saudi economic relationship and taking steps for realizing the vast possibilities in the fields of trade, investment and energy.  

The Prime Minister appreciated the work relating to activation of the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council, which is the highest level platform designed to impart strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations.

Imran Khan lauded the important role of Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia in progress of the two countries and underlined the importance of timely measures for facilitation of their return to Saudi Arabia.

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