Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always stood by each other in testing times and the people of Pakistan deeply value relations with the Kingdom.
He said this while meeting HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who called on the Prime Minister at PM House Islamabad on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Saudi side was represented by H.E Mr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Jindah, Secretary Ministry of Economics and culture, Mr. Yousaf bin Tarrad Al-Sadoon DG office of Prince, Mr. Osama Ahmad Naqil, Director Information department and H.E Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer Ambassador of KSA to Pakistan.
The Pakistani side was represented by Mr. Ishaq Dar Minister for Finance, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan Minister for Interior, Mr. Sartaj Aziz Advisor to PM on National Security and Mr. Tariq Fatmi Special Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs.Both the leaders discussed Issues of bilateral and regional importance.
Prime Minister said that “there is a need to start a new era of Strategic Relationship between our two fraternal countries in order to further broaden and deepen the existing cordial bilateral relations”. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia need to enhance bilateral trade to reflect the strong fraternal bonds that exist between our two countries by regular meetings between the Commerce Ministers to explore ways of enhancing bilateral trade, said the Prime Minister.
While discussing the energy situation of Pakistan, the Prime Minister said Pakistan would welcome investment by the Kingdom in Energy Sector especially, and other sectors like Infrastructure, Agriculture and Livestock. Prime Minister stressed that his government wishes to enhance economic and business ties with the Kingdom. Pakistan is ready to grant privileges to businessmen, he added.
Discussing the Afghan situation, Prime Minister re-affirmed that Pakistan remains committed to facilitating Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process adding that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest. Pakistan supports all efforts aimed at strengthening unity among the Islamic countries, said the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister thanked the Saudi Government for extending help to Pakistani workers who were affected by the recent labour laws enacted in the Kingdom. Prime Minister said that the large Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia is a human bridge between our two brotherly countries who would continue to play a vital role in the development of KSA and added that the skilled manpower can meet the future human resource needs of Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister also conveyed, on his own behalf as well as on behalf of the people of Pakistan, prayers and good wishes for the good health and long life of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness King Abdullah.