PM Imran in meeting with King Salman expresses Pakistan’s resolve to stand with the kingdom – World

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Thursday and expressed Pakistan's determination to be with Saudi Arabia "in case of a threat to their sanctity and security," said a statement from the first office Minister.

The prime minister condemned the recent drone attacks at Saudi oil facilities and secured the continued support of King Salman of Pakistan to the Kingdom.

According to the PMO statement, Prime Minister Imran also informed King Salman about the current situation in occupied Kashmir.

"King Salman reiterated the solidarity of the Kingdom and long-standing support on the issue of Kashmir," the statement said.

The two leaders discussed the relations between the two countries, as well as the regional and global political situation.

They also talked about other matters of mutual interest, including trade, investment and economic relations.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfikar Bukhari, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Sohail Mehmood, and Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz, attended during the meeting between the two leaders.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, and informed him about the latest events in Jammu and Kashmir, occupied by India.

According to Pakistan's official Twitter account Tehreek-i-Insaf, the prime minister "highlighted the tyranny of the Indian government" in occupied Kashmir following the decision of New Delhi to strip the region of its autonomy on August 5. The occupied territory has been under a strict blockade imposed by the government and communications blackout.

During his meeting with the Saudi prince, the prime minister also condemned the recent attacks in Saudi Arabia against the Aramco oil facilities, according to the PMO statement.

The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the statement said.

Delegations from both countries during a meeting in Jeddah on Thursday. – PM Office

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfikar Bukhari, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Sohail Mehmood, and Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz

The prime minister is in Jeddah for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, before his trip to New York for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He was received by Makkah's governor, Khalid Al-Faisal, in the Royal Terminal of Jeddah.

Prime Minister Imran has been in "regular contact" with the Saudi crown prince on the subject. The prime minister, as part of his efforts to attract the world's attention to the situation in the Kashmir valley, called the crown prince earlier this month to inform him of the situation in the region.

The prime minister will also mention the matter in his speech at the UN General Assembly next week.

As a result of their phone calls to the princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, foreign ministers from both countries visited Islamabad earlier this month and discussed the situation in occupied Kashmir in their meetings with the prime minister, the army chief and foreign minister.

Meeting with the Pakistani diaspora in Jeddah

Later in the evening, the Prime Minister met with a group of Pakistanis from various walks of life.

"My goal was to inform Saudi leaders about the situation in Kashmir, before the session of the United Nations General Assembly," he told the group about his visit to the Kingdom.

"We must highlight this problem worldwide," he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with a group of Pakistanis in Jeddah on Thursday. – PM Office

The prime minister said Quaid-e-Azam "had already anticipated that Muslims would not obtain their due rights while living in India, which Modi's actions have shown."

He said relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have "reached new heights" and that the Kingdom "has helped Pakistan at all times of difficulty."

He assured the delegation that the government was bringing improvements in all sectors of Pakistan's economy, despite all the obstacles it faces due to the poor state in which it was delivered.

"Bringing investments is our top priority for which we are instituting legislative reforms so that investments made by Pakistanis abroad remain safe," he said.

The prime minister said that several efforts are also being made to facilitate business so that people can find incentives to invest in the country.


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