ISLAMABAD: A Saudi parliamentary delegation has assured Pakistan of its support for Islamabad’s efforts to bring stability in Afghanistan, the Pakistani National Assembly said on Wednesday.
The Shoura Council is a legislative body that has the power to propose laws to the King of Saudi Arabia and his cabinet. It has 150 members. A delegation led by its speaker, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, is in Islamabad on a three-day visit.
Upon his arrival, Al-Asheikh met Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.
“He assured the Speaker that Saudi Arabia would continue its support to Pakistan in its efforts to bring stability in Afghanistan,” the National Assembly said in a series of tweets.
The delegation’s visit comes just days after Pakistan hosted the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers on Dec. 19, at the Parliament House in Islamabad. The session was called by Saudi Arabia.
Participating OIC nations decided to establish a humanitarian trust fund to channel humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, including in partnership with other international actors, and to appoint a special envoy on Afghanistan to the OIC secretary general.
Al-Asheikh congratulated Pakistan on holding the OIC moot and “raising the conscious of the world to deter the Afghan humanitarian crisis.”
During its Islamabad visit, the Saudi delegation will hold meetings with a number of senior Pakistani officials including President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Meeting with President Dr. Arif Alvi
Chairman of Shura Council of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Bin Sheikh Thursday called on President Dr Arif Alvi here wherein the two countries reiterated their desire to take the existing bilateral relations into new heights in all the areas of mutual interest.
Both sides underlined the importance of further strengthening the parliamentary cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
Welcoming the delegation, the President said that Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoyed deep historical ties and tremendous cooperation which needed to be further promoted for the mutual benefit of the two sides.
He appreciated the Kingdom’s historical and continued support, and financial assistance to Pakistan in difficult times.
He congratulated the Saudi leadership for its timely initiative to convene the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
President Alvi lauded the role played by the Kingdom for mobilizing the international community as well as announcing financial help, during the recently held OIC session of Foreign Ministers for the people of Afghanistan.
He expressed satisfaction that the OIC countries had given a strong message of hope, solidarity, and unity to the people of Afghanistan during this challenging time.
He emphasized that the Muslim world should work together to address the challenge of Islamophobia.
The atrocities being committed by India against the innocent people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were also highlighted by the president during the meeting.
He urged the international community to put pressure on India to stop committing human rights violations and grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolutions.
Dr Abdullah Mohammad Bin Sheikh said that he considered Pakistan as his second home and emphasized the need to take practical steps to further improve bilateral ties.
He conveyed greetings to the president from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. He also congratulated the president on successfully holding the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC on Afghanistan.