22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Saudi FM calls on Asif Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad

President shows commitment to stand with Saudi Arabia; praises King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; links prosperity of Islamic world with progress of Saudi kingdom

Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr, as the two countries reiterated their resolve to build a strong partnership and further promote economic cooperation for the mutual benefit.

Welcoming the delegation, the president said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed a long-standing and decades-old relationship and Pakistan wanted to transform existing ties into a long-term strategic and economic partnership. The two sides discussed the regional dynamics and recent developments in the Middle East and called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and end to Israel’s atrocities in Gaza.

Both sides also exchanged views on issues of bilateral importance and the challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah. The Saudi foreign minister was accompanied by a high-powered delegation, comprising the Minister of Water and Agriculture, the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, the Assistant Minister of Investment, head of the Saudi Special Committee and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy and Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Privatization and Board of Investment Abdul Aleem Khan, Minister of Petroleum and Water Resources Musadik Masood Malik, Minister of Industries and Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman MNA Bilawal Bhutto, Foreign Secretary Syrus Sajjad Qazi and senior government officials also attended the meeting.

President conveys best wishes to King Salman bin Abdulaziz

President Asif Zardari highlighted that the government and the people of Pakistan had the highest regard for the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and would continue to stand with Arab kingdom. He said that the prosperity of the Islamic world was linked to the progress of Saudi Arabia. He lauded the courageous and visionary leadership of Crown Prince and Prime Minister Muhammad Bin Salman and the remarkable progress being made under the Vision 2030.

Saudi FM calls on Asif Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad
Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad

He also thanked the Saudi leadership for its support to Pakistan in difficult times. The Saudi minister said that Saudi kingdom considered its relations with Pakistan very critical and was committed to building a strong partnership with Pakistan. He highlighted that both countries enjoyed strong bonds and had helped each other for decades. He conveyed greetings of Saudi leadership and underlined importance of Pakistan for the kingdom. The president conveyed best wishes to the king.