The prime minister extended greetings to King Abdullah on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari. -File Photo

JEDDAH: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday had an audience with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during which they discussed bilateral relations and international issues.

The prime minister was accompanied by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah, Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Naeem khan and other officials while Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz , Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, and Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Ibrahim Abdul Aziz    al-Ghadeer and other high officials represented by the Saudi side.

The Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf briefed the King Abdullah about measures being taken by Pakistan for the peace, progress and stability in the region and especially Pakistan's role in finding peaceful settlement of Afghan issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Afghan people.

The prime minister extended greetings to King Abdullah on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari. The Saudi king welcomed the prime minister as a representative of the people of Pakistan.

The prime minister told the king that he seeks guidance from him to overcome the difficulties being faced by the people of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf told the King Abdullah that the people of Pakistan highly revere King and hold him in high esteem.

King Abdullah said Pakistan's friendship is not new and thanked the Pakistani diaspora who considered Saudi Arabia as their second home.

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