15 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Prince Khalid bin Salman calls on Asif Zardari, Shehbaz Sharif

President confers Nishan-i-Pakistan on visiting Saudi minister; PM says Pakistan waiting to welcome visit of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Arabian Minister for Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-i-Sadr, and also called separately on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad and discussed in detail bilateral matters, regional peace, and security situation in the region.

Saudi Minister for Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud calls on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at PM House in Islamabad
Saudi Minister for Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud calls on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at PM House in Islamabad

Pakistan and the Saudi Kingdom have reiterated their resolve to work together and further enhance bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries. Welcoming the visiting dignitary, the president said that Pakistan accorded utmost importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia as both countries enjoyed a fraternal bond, marked by shared faith and historical relations.

He underscored the need for further increasing bilateral cooperation in various fields. He deeply thanked the kingdom for the support provided to Pakistan during challenging times. He lauded the leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud that would propel Saudi Arabia towards remarkable progress.

Prince Khalid bin Salman highlighted that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed strong historical, strategic and defense cooperation. He said that both countries should work together and support each other to further deepen bilateral relations. He highlighted that his country believed in regional prosperity and had succeeded in increasing economic integration. During a special ceremony, President Asif Zardari conferred the Nishan-i-Pakistan on Prince Khalid bin Salman.

At the PM House, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the Saudi defense minister on receiving Pakistan’s highest civil award, and thanked him for attending the Pakistan Day parade as a special guest. He expressed best wishes for the Saudi king and the crown prince. He said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had close brotherly ties based on commonalities of religion, history and culture, which were further strengthening with the passage of time.

Pakistan greatly valued its relations with Saudi Arabia, he said, adding Saudi Arabia fully supported Pakistan on every front. During his previous tenure as the prime minister, he said that Saudi Arabia played a very critical role in improving the economic situation, and it was highly regarded. He said the people of Pakistan had a special place in their hearts for the Saudi royals. He said one window operation was created for the investors through the establishment of the Special Investment Facilitation Council, which would facilitate business activities and investment.

He said immense opportunities were present in Pakistan in different fields, including agriculture, information technology and mining. He underlined the need for further cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the fields of defense and economy. He reiterated his earlier invitation and said Pakistan was waiting to welcome the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Prince Khalid bin Salman felicitated the prime minister on assuming his office and expressed best wishes for him.