ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday evening met Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud in Jeddah.
An official statement issued after the meeting said the PM told the Saudi leader that Pakistan had rendered unparalleled sacrifices for elimination of terrorism and peace in the region.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s continued and steadfast support for the kingdom and its leadership.
He lauded the astute leadership of the crown prince, appreciated his Vision 2030 plan — an ambitious project to diversify and modernise the Saudi economy.
The PM assured him of continued cooperation and collaboration to the benefit of both countries.
He also expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed Pakistan’s pledge to support Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty.
The crown prince acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in its resolute fight against terrorism.
He hoped that fraternal ties between the two countries would further prosper in future and underscored the importance Saudi Arabia attached to a strong and stable Pakistan.
He also hoped that Pakistan would overcome all challenges and continue its journey towards progress and prosperity.
The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern and the issues faced by Ummah.
They agreed to continue dialogue and cooperation towards their shared goal of peace, security and development in the region and beyond.
During the visit, the PM was also briefed about the arrangements for Pakistani pilgrims for this year’s Haj.
The prime minister during his daylong official visit to Saudi Arabia was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Earlier, the Foreign Office said in a statement that this was the prime minister’s first foreign visit after his election on August 1.
King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is out of the kingdom on a private visit.
“The prime minister’s visit signifies the warmth and fraternity that characterises the relations between the two major Islamic countries,” the FO said. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of frequent visits undertaken by the Pakistani leadership to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a close and time-tested friend of Pakistan.”
Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2017