Pakistan, Saudi Arabia vow cooperation to promote int’l peace, stability

ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (APP): Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Monday desired to further strengthen the cooperation in various fields for promotion of the causes of Muslim Ummah as well as international peace and stability. This was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who called on him at the PM House. Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were also present on the occasion. Both the leaders remained together for some time and discussed matters relating to mutual interest. Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had brotherly relations and had similar views on regional as well as international matters.
Pakistan supported efforts of Saudi Arabia aimed at strengthening unity among the Islamic countries, the Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister said that Pakistan held Saudi Arabia in highest esteem and the relations between the people of both the countries were more than fraternal.
He said that the large Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia served as a bridge between the two brotherly countries and played a positive role in the development of Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan’s economy through annual remittances of over $4 billion.
Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al- Saud expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for the hospitality shown towards him and his delegation during the visit.
Earlier, both the leaders witnessed the agreements signing ceremony between the two countries that included agreement on export credit facility of US$ 125 million for purchase of urea from Saudi Arabia Industries Cooperate.
The second agreement contained US$ 58 million funding by Saudi Fund for Development of Golen Gol Hydropower Project in Chitral.
Secretary Economic Affairs Division Nargis Sethi from Pakistan side and Vice Chairman and MD Saudi Fund for Development Yousaf Ibrahim Albassam, from Saudi side signed the agreements.
Later, the Prime Minister hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting dignitary and his delegation. (Courtesy: APP)