President calls for further strengthening of bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia

By Staff Reporter | Pakistan Observer Aug 22, 2023

President Dr Arif Alvi has called for further strengthening bilateral ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in diverse fields, particularly economy, investment, and culture.

The president expressed these views while talking to Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, who along with his delegation, called on President Dr Arif Alvi, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Monday.

The president said Pakistan highly valued its relations with KSA and this relationship was based on common faith, shared history, and people-to-people ties.

Welcoming the delegation to Pakistan, the president reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to further strengthening the existing economic partnership with KSA for the mutual benefit of both the brotherly countries. He underscored the need to expand bilateral trade, adding that great opportunities existed for investment in Pakistan in different sectors such as IT, renewable energy, industrial and infrastructure development, and the hospitality sectors.

The president thanked the Government of KSA for making excellent arrangements for the Hajj this year. He hoped that the Government of KSA would expedite the purchase of Pakistan House inside Markazziah in Madina from the compensation amount of two Pakistan Houses demolished in Madina.

The president appreciated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and its leadership for its steadfast support for important Muslim causes, especially the Jammu and Kashmir Dispute, Palestine, and Afghanistan through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and expressed the hope that it would continue to play its important role. He lauded the leadership of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, over the normalization of relations with Iran, saying that the leadership of the Saudi Crown Prince in the Muslim World is much appreciated.

The visiting Saudi minister said relations between Pakistan and KSA were very strong that needed to be further enhanced for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries. Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah said KSA would continue to provide good facilities to the pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah.

The president asked the visiting dignitary to communicate his warm regards to His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince/Prime Minister of KSA. He also thanked KSA for its continued support and financial assistance to Pakistan.

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