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Pakistan stands shoulder-to- shoulder with KSA: Qureshi

By 0ur Correspondent
September 01, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday said that Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoyed strong and deeply-rooted historic relations and Islamabad would always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its brotherly country.

The foreign minister was talking to the Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki who called on him here at the Foreign Office, a statement issued after the meeting said. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral ties, promotion of bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors anddifferent issues of mutual interests.

The foreign minister said that sanctity of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had been a part of the belief of every Muslim. Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan strongly condemned Houthi militia’s attempts to target civilian population and military installations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He said that they were looking forward to meeting Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Saudi minister for energy Abdulaziz bin Slaman Al Saud during their expected upcoming visit to Pakistan.

The foreign minister also inquired after King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Qureshi further said that a large number of Pakistani expatriates had been staying in Saudi Arabia for years and playing a role in the progress and development of the kingdom.

He expressed the optimism that after improvement from the coronavirus situation, the Saudi government would take special steps for the return and re-employment of Pakistani workers who had lost their jobs.