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Pakistan

Web Desk
October 15, 2019

PM Imran meets Saudi King Salman during official visit to kingdom

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Oct 15, 2019

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a one-day visit to in the Kingdom's capital aimed to help reduce tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

During the meeting, PM Imran and King Salman discussed matters of mutual interest.

Earlier in the day when the prime minister had reached Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Governor Faisal bin Bandar and Minister of State Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban welcomed him at the airport.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PM Imran's special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, are accompanying him on the trip.

Separately, the prime minister also held delegation-level talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two talked about bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and global political situation.

The premier and the Saudi crown prince agreed to bolster Pakistan-Saudi relations as well as bilateral cooperation.

PM Imran underscored that Pakistan wishes for peace and stability in the entire region, including the Gulf countries. All conflicts and disagreements can be resolved through political dialogue and diplomacy, he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, PM Imran arrived in Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit as part of his efforts to defuse tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

The prime minister of Pakistan undertook the visit to Saudi Arabia two days after he visited Iran.

He held meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday and offered to facilitate talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

'Trump doesn't believe in war'

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN, the prime minister said President Donald asked him to play the role facilitator between the US and Iran.

He said he has discussed the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his recent visit to Tehran.

He said Donald Trump doesn't believe in war, adding that both the countries should resolve their issues through dialogue.