Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday stressed the need for further strengthening people-to-people linkages with Saudi Arabia, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.
During a meeting with Saudia Arabia Minister for Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, PM Imran noted the conclusion of the agreement on the transfer of offenders between the two countries.
The prime minister also reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia and condemned the Houthi militia’s attacks targeting the kingdom.
According to the handout issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the premier
praised the leadership role of the Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al in promoting unity, and acknowledged the endeavours of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for peace and security in the region and beyond.
PM Imran lauded the vision of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for progress and prosperity of the kingdom and his invaluable contribution to the ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He also thanked the Saudi leadership for the recent financial budgetary support extended to Pakistan.
He stressed the need for strengthening people-to-people linkages. He mentioned the conclusion of the bilateral ‘Agreement on Transfer of Offenders’ and hoped that a large number of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia would be repatriated to Pakistan.
Prince Abdulaziz conveyed cordial greetings of the crown prince to the prime minister and reaffirmed the close fraternal relations between the two countries. He also acknowledged the positive contribution of Pakistanis in the development of the Kingdom and reiterated the resolve to work closely with the Pakistan side on all matters relating to his ministry.
Prince Abdulaziz arrived in the federal capital on Monday at the invitation of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. During the visit, he held talks with the minister at the Interior Ministry and later called on President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
During the meetings, both sides discussed matters of mutual interest, including the regional security situation. They reiterated the importance of further strengthening and diversifying bilateral cooperation in various areas.
Earlier, Sheikh Rashid and Prince Abdulaziz discussed issues of mutual interest, including the regional security situation. The minister thanked the Saudi government for taking excellent care of Pakistani workers.
“The two ministers emphasised on strengthening ties between the Ministries of Interior of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” it said, adding that both sides agreed that better liaison between the two ministries was needed to address various issues, including security challenges.
PRINCE MEETS PRESIDENT: Meanwhile, welcoming the Saudi minister at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Alvi said that both the brotherly countries enjoyed excellent relationship which needed to be further cemented for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
He thanked Saudi Arabia for the valuable support in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as well as its participation in the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in December last year, besides providing financial support to Pakistan.
The president highlighted that both the countries had shared concerns on Afghanistan issue and urged the international community to help the Afghan people in the hour of need to save them from human catastrophe.
The president appreciated the role and support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting over two million Pakistanis. He also thanked the Saudi leadership for launching the “Road to Makkah” project and stressed that the government of Pakistan was looking forward to its expansion to other cities of the country.
Regarding the release of Pakistani prisoners in the kingdom, the president hoped that the Saudi government would give a positive consideration to the release of prisoners, who had completed their sentences.
The Saudi minister said that steps were being taken to help address the issue of Pakistani prisoners by the technical teams of the two countries. Prince Abdulaziz thanked Pakistan for extending a warm welcome and hospitality to his delegation during their stay in the country.
COAS GEN BAJWA: Prince Abdulaziz also called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the ISPR said. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security, current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral defence relations were discussed, it added.
The COAS said that Pakistan valued its historical and brotherly relations with the kingdom and acknowledged its unique place in the Islamic world. Prince Abdulaziz appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play his part for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.