ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have reaffirmed the determination to enrich their deep and multifaceted relationship when Prime Minister Imran Khan concluded his official two-day visit to the kingdom on Friday before heading to the United States to attend the session of the General Assembly of the UN of September 21. to 27.
During his separate meetings with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Makkah, the prime minister strongly condemned the recent attacks against oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais and assured them of Pakistan's commitment against any threat to the Saudi Arabia security and territorial integrity.
Highlighting the serious human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir, controlled by India, and the serious risks posed to peace and security by the illegal and unilateral actions of India on August 5, Mr. Khan called for the uprising urgently the curfew in the valley and the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
Expresses gratitude for the inclusion of Pakistan in the Road-to-Makkah project, completes the visit to the kingdom before continuing to New York
He also emphasized the fundamental role of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation in extending constant support to the Kashmir cause.
The Saudi leadership expressed concern about the situation in Kashmir and reiterated its strong support and solidarity for the Kashmir cause. It was agreed to continue working together for peace, security and peaceful resolution of problems.
Prime Minister Khan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, advisor to the Prime Minister of Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, special assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, and other senior officials during your visit
In extending a warm welcome to the Prime Minister, the Saudi leadership stressed that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan was based on a "royal brotherhood."
On bilateral relations, Khan recalled the visit of the Saudi crown prince to Pakistan in February and noted that he had given a strong boost to the relationship's growth trajectory. The two sides reiterated the resolution to intensify bilateral trade, investment and contact from person to person. Khan also expressed gratitude for Pakistan's inclusion in the Road-to-Makkah project and looked forward to its extension to other major cities in the country.
This was his fourth visit to Saudi Arabia in the last 13 months. During his last visit to the kingdom in May, he attended the 14th session of the OCI Islamic Summit.
PM performs Umrah
Prime Minister Imran Khan along with his wife Bushra Begum made the Umrah and prayed for the prosperity and stability of the country.
The prime minister also had the rare opportunity to enter the Santa Kaa’ba as the door opened especially for him.
Later, when Mr. Khan left for Madina, he was seen at the airport by the governor of Jeddah, Prince Mashaal bin Majid Al Saud.
The prime minister will pay tribute in Roza-i-Rasool (peace be upon him) and Nawafil will act in Masjid-i-Nabvi, according to a statement issued by the prime minister's media wing.
Saudi Arabia is among the founding members of the OCI Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. This year, the two countries established the Saudi Arabia-Pak Supreme Coordinating Council (SPSCC), co-chaired by the prime minister and the crown prince. Your next session will be held in February 2020.
Session of the UN General Assembly
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead a Pakistani delegation during the one-week session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Foreign Minister, Qureshi, will also attend the session of the General Assembly, interact with his counterparts in several countries and address important ministerial meetings, especially the ICO Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
The prime minister will hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts in various regions and will participate in the UN summits on climate change, sustainable development, universal health coverage and financing for development.
Khan will also attend and speak at the parallel events organized jointly by Pakistan and Turkey to counter hate speech, and about environmental protection and poverty alleviation, jointly organized by Malaysia and Pakistan.
A trilateral summit meeting of Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey will be held outside the General Assembly.
In addition to these commitments, the prime minister will interact with a representative sample of international media, including meetings with editorial boards. The Prime Minister's intervention commitments in the main groups of experts and meetings with the heads of the main rights organizations are also foreseen.
Prime Minister Khan will deliver his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27 to share Pakistan's perspective and position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its current human rights and related dimensions, as well as other key contemporary issues. Overall, the key issue of Jammu and Kashmir would be emphasized through countless commitments.
Pakistan has always been a strong advocate and one of the main contributors to the work of the UN in the areas of peace, security and development.
Posted on Dawn, September 21, 2019