Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh reviewed the ‘entire spectrum’ of their bilateral relations in addition to regional and international issues on Monday.
The prime minister, who paid a day-long visit to Saudi Arabia, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar, a statement from the PM Office said.
The two heads of states discussed ways and means to further enhance relations between the two countries in diverse fields.
The prime minister lauded the efforts of the Saudi leadership in bringing peace and stability in the region and assured the Saudi king of Pakistan’s full support in this regard.
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The Saudi king praised excellent relations that exist between the two sides and efforts of Pakistan in routing the menace of terrorism and extremism from its soil.
In addition to meeting with the Saudi king, PM Abbasi also met Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
During his meeting with the crown prince, the prime minister praised his vision for launching the national economic transformation plan ‘Vision 2030’ and offered Pakistan’s technical and human resource assistance in achieving it.
Abbasi also appreciated the efforts and dedication of the crown prince in launching a unified platform of Muslim countries, in form of Islamic Military Alliance to Combat Terrorism (IMCTC), for countering the menaces of extremism and terrorism that were distorting the real essence of Islam.
The crown prince, while appreciating the efforts of Pakistan in fighting terrorism and its active participation in IMCTC, said: “Saudi Arabia and other countries of the coalition look forward to learn from Pakistan’s experience in this field.”
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He underscored the fact that there was a great potential for further strengthening of our bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy, trade, investment and defence.
The Saudi king hosted a luncheon in honour of the visiting prime minister and his delegation
Earlier, the prime minister was received on King Salman Airbase by the Governor of Riyadh province, His Excellence Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud.
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