By Arif Qureshi | August, 29, 2016
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is all weather friends and solidarity and integrity of the Kingdom is the first and last priority of Pakistan. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud arrived Islamabad on Sunday on his way to tour of China and Japan, during his late night stay in Islamabad he met with top political and Military leadership of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud pledged to further enhance the bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries and strengthen their cooperation in diverse fields. Both the leaders discussed issues of mutual interest at regional and international levels.
On the occasion The deputy crown prince had conceived 35 Muslim countries alliance against terrorism and Pakistan is one of the influential members of the alliance. He had discussion about the global efforts for eradication of terrorism with the prime minister. He eulogised Pakistan and its Armed Forces’ efforts for eliminating terrorism.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, other services chiefs, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) Fawad Hasan Fawad, FPSC Chairman Naveed Akram Cheema, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Affairs Dr Syed Asif Saeed Kirmani, SAPM for Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and members of parliament were also present.
The sources said that Prime Minister Nawaz had discussion with the Saudi dignitary on the whole spectrum of ties between the two brotherly countries. The visit has brushed aside the impression of a relationship between Islamabad and Riyadh. The problems regarding Pakistani expatriates also figured in the talks. Saudi defense Minister assured PM Nawaz Sharif to settle all these problems as early as possible.
According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muhammad bin Salman called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif here on late Sunday. During the meeting, regional security with particular focus on Middle East, issues of bilateral relations including defence cooperation and collaboration came under discussion.
Commenting on the tour of Saudi crown prince Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Manzoor Ul Haq, expressed joy and optimism on the royal visit and said the visit is part of the regular exchange of visits of top Saudi and Pakistani officials. The matters of mutual concerns figured on top of the agenda. It’s interesting to mention that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has paid four visits to the kingdom since January this year. President Mamnoon Hussain also visited Saudi Arabia last month. These visits indicate that the kingdom and Pakistan share common political, strategic and economic objectives.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy close relations and have identical viewpoints on major regional and international issues. On commercial front, the two countries have forged closer ties. The investors’ confidence in the Pakistani economy is manifested in the recently concluded Pak-China Economic Corridor agreement that is poised to bring $46 billion investment in Pakistan. About two million Pakistani expatriates live and work in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan hold its defense ties with Saudi Arabia in highest esteem and it attaches great importance to the security of the kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
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[With Inputs of media reports]