Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Saudi Crown Prince reaffirm strong bilateral ties

August 23, 2017

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, called on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Jeddah in a day-long visit to Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince is the Vice Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and holds the key portfolios of Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This was the Prime Minister’s first foreign visit after his election on 1 August, and signifies the importance attached by Pakistan to its relationship with Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
During the meeting with the Crown Prince, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s continued and steadfast support for the Kingdom and its leadership. He lauded astute leadership of the Crown Prince, in particular his Vision 2030 for Saudi Arabia’s development. The Prime Minister assured the Crown Prince of continued cooperation and collaboration to the benefit of both countries. The Prime Minister recounted the huge sacrifices and extraordinary efforts being made by Pakistan as a nation to root out terrorism and bring peace and stability. He also expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed Pakistan’s pledge to support Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty.
Acknowledging the sentiments of the Government of Pakistan reflected in the Prime Minister’s maiden foreign visit, the Crown Prince warmly welcomed him and his delegation. He acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in its resolute fight against terrorism. The Crown Prince hoped that fraternal ties between the two countries will further prosper in future and underscored the importance Saudi Arabia attaches 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 Muslim 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 Prime Minister was also briefed about the arrangements for Pakistani pilgrims for this year’s Hajj.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
23 August 2017