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Fawad wants to boost media ties with Saudi Arabia

By Our Correspondent
April 27, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Husain on Monday said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed deep fraternal relations based on common faith, culture, traditions and values, and he would like the media dimension added to these ties.

The minister observed this during a meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, who called on him here and conveyed the invitation on behalf of the Saudi Minister for Media Dr Majed bin Abdullah Al-Kassabi, who has invited Fawad to visit Saudi Arabia. In his letter, the Saudi minister stated on the occasion of holy month of Ramazan, he desired to invite Fawad to visit Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah and visit the Mosque of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in Medina. Further, he said the visit would also give both sides the opportunity to discuss ways and means for strengthening media cooperation.

Fawad accepted the invitation and said he would visit Saudi Arabia soon. During the discussion with the ambassador, emphasis was laid on the revival and implementation of MoUs signed between the two countries to strengthen cultural cooperation.

Fawad said that collaboration in the field of culture was imperative to understand each other’s values and for bringing the brotherly people of the two nations closer.

The minister stressed upon the need for enhanced cooperation in the fields of media and information.

Both sides also discussed the situation arising out of Covid-19 and exchanged views on utilising each other's experiences and best practices to cope with the pandemic.

Fawad informed the ambassador about Pakistan's strategy of smart lockdown, which was internationally acknowledged. He said that the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to care for both lives and livelihoods of the poor strata of the society proved instrumental in tackling the challenge of COVID-19.

He said that the government was fully determined to take further measures to protect the people from the coronavirus.