Pak, Saudia agree to further enhance bilateral, defence ties


Saudi defence minister meets PM, president and COAS
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir on Saturday met with Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, during his official visit to mark Pakistan Day.
Prince Khalid called on PM Shehbaz at the Prime Minister’s House and discussed in detail bilateral matters, regional peace, security and the situation in the region.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif and the army chief also attended the meeting. They also exchanged views on increasing cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the areas of defence and security.
The prime minister congratulated the Saudi defence minister on receiving Pakistan’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan. He thanked Prince Khalid for attending the Pakistan Day parade as a special guest.
PM Shehbaz expressed best wishes for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud.
Talking to the Saudi defence minister, the prime minister said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had close brotherly ties based on commonalities of religion, history and culture, which were further strengthening with the passage of time.
Pakistan greatly valued its relations with Saudi Arabia, he said, adding that Saudi Arabia fully supported Pakistan on every front. He said that during his previous tenure as prime minister, Saudi Arabia played a very critical role in improving the economic situation of Pakistan, and it was highly regarded.
Shehbaz said that the people of Pakistan had a special place in their hearts for the Saudi royal family. While mentioning, the Special Investment Facilitation Council, the prime minister said one window operation was created for the investors through the establishment of the council, which would facilitate business activities and investment.
He said that immense opportunities were present in Pakistan in different fields including agriculture, information technology and mining. He underlined the need for further cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the fields of defence and economy.
The PM reiterated his earlier invitation and said that Pakistan was waiting to welcome the visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The Saudi defence minister felicitated the prime minister on assuming his office and expressed best wishes for him.
He thanked Pakistan for inviting him as a special guest for the Pakistan Day parade and said he had the opportunity to witness the best capabilities of the armed forces of Pakistan during the parade. He said that the recent visit of COAS Munir to Saudi Arabia was very important and fruitful to further promote defence relations of the two countries.