Islamabad: Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency on Tuesday.Pak- Saudi bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting.
Discussing Pak- Saudi bilateral ties, the President said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations that are deep-rooted in common faith, traditions and commonality of views on all issues of mutual interest. He said that the government of Pakistan was keen to further deepen the strategic partnership and bilateral cooperation in diverse fields to the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
Commenting on investors’ friendly environment in the country, the President said that there exist a huge potential of bilateral trade and investment in various sectors including infrastructure, energy, Construction of dams, Agriculture and Livestock and invited Saudi investors and businessmen to invest in these areas.
The President appreciated and thanked King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and the Saudi government for the generous assistance extended to the government and people of Pakistan in every hour of need and testing times. The people of Pakistan highly revere Khadim Al-Harmain Al-Sharifain King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and hold him in high esteem, the President continued.
The President while noting the presence of large 1.5 million Pakistani Diaspora in Saudi Arabia said that they serve as a living bridge of friendship between the two countries and form yet another strong bond between our two peoples. He expressed confidence that Pakistani expatriates are positively contributing in the development of the two countries. He expressed hope that this bridge would continue to expand and strengthen to the mutual benefit of our two brotherly countries.
The President, on the occasion also lauded the kind gesture of Saudi government for extending the grace period to the expatriate workers, including Pakistanis for correcting their resident/labour status in accordance with the new labour laws of the Kingdom. He expressed hope that the Kingdom will continue to facilitate Pakistani expatriate community.
The President conveyed on his own behalf and 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 Majesty King Abdullah as well as for progress and prosperity of the people of the Kingdom.
The Saudi Foreign Minister was accompanied among others by Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Jindan, Secretary, Ministry of Bilateral Relations, Yousuf bin Tarrad al-Saadoon, Secretary, Ministry of Economics and Cultural Relations and Abdul Aziz Ibrahim S. Al-Ghadeer, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage and Law & Justice and Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs were also present during the meeting.