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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia look to further fortify ties

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia look to further fortify ties

PM Imran, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman inked a deal to form Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council (SPSCC)

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been highly successful with both sides looking to further fortify their strong ties. Khan met with the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, referred to as MBS, and both agreed to continue the ‘upward trajectory’ of relations.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the strong and historic bonds between the two countries rooted firmly in shared beliefs, common values, mutual trust, and a longstanding tradition of mutual support,” the press release added.

Khan and MBS also inked an agreement for the creation of the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council (SPSCC). The council will be Co-chaired by Imran Khan and MBS and will aim to provide the strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi relations.

Earlier the Saudi Crown Prince received the Pakistani Prime Minister at the airport. Foreign Minister Qureshi, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed, Senator Faisal Javed and a number of senior government officials are a part of Khan’s delegation.

Multiple MoUs signed

The two sides also signed a number of MoUs in different fields including combating crimes, controlling Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs; Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals, and several MoUs in the fields of energy, hydropower generation, infrastructure, transport and communication, and water resource development with a total value of around $500 million. Both Imran and MBS were present at the agreement-signing ceremony.

Strategic dialogues

Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also visited Saudi Arabia earlier in the week where he met with the military leadership of the Kingdom. The two sides discussed the matters of mutual importance during the meeting and most likely also worked on some of the agenda items for Imran Khan’s visit.  

Discussion on regional issues

The PM also discussed the regional issues including India’s atrocities in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government.  The Prime Minister commended the peace efforts made by the Saudi Crown Prince in the region.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relations historically have been very warm and brotherly. In recent years, some issues have led to lesser contact between the two sides. However, this exchange should revive the relations and bring matters back to normal.

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