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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree on joint counter-terrorism efforts
Saudi Foreign Minister meets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree on joint counter-terrorism efforts

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir  held meetings with Pakistani leadership during his official visit to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to promote work together to defeat their common enemy – terrorism. This development came forward during a visit by the Saudi Foreign Minister Dr Adel Al-Jubeir to discuss the ongoing diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Foreign Minister, during his official visit to Pakistan, held meetings with Pakistani leadership, specifically, General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Adel bin Ahmed al Jubeir travelled to Islamabad to brief Pakistan’s civil and military leadership regarding the purpose of the 34-nation coalition the Kingdom has cobbled together to fight terrorism.

Islamabad has extended full support to the recently formed Saudi-led Islamic coalition if its sole purpose is to fight terrorism and is not against any specific country, officials said on Thursday.

The Saudi Foreign Minister briefed the Pakistani Prime Minister on details of the Islamic coalition announced by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism. The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan welcomed Saudi Arabia’s initiative and stressed that Pakistan supported all such regional and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism.

“People of Pakistan hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in high esteem and also have deep respect for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. … (they) will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Saudi Arabia against any threat to its territorial integrity and sovereignty” PM Sharif said.

The Prime Minister called for further strengthening and expanding bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in all fields of cooperation including defence security economic and commercial cooperation.

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser, said that Pakistan was a friend of both Saudi Arabia and Iran, and would seek to heal the rift between them during al-Jubeir’s visit. “Pakistan has called for resolution of differences through peaceful means in the larger interest of Muslim unity in these challenging times,” Aziz told parliament on Tuesday.

Saudi Foreign Minister meets General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) during his visit to Pakistan

Saudi Foreign Minister meets General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) during his visit to Pakistan

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called on General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at General Headquarters. Regional security situation came under discussion during the meeting. Saudi Foreign Minister lauded Pakistan’s phenomenal successes in fight against terrorism and efforts towards regional stability.

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Defence Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud is expected to visit Pakistan on Sunday.

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