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Tuesday Oct 15 2019
Web Desk

PM Imran meets Saudi King Salman, discusses matters of mutual interest

Web Desk

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a one-day visit to in the Kingdom's capital aimed to help ratchet down the tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

During the meeting, PM Imran and King Salman discussed matters of mutual interest.

Separately, the prime minister also held delegation-level talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two talked about bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and global political situation.

The premier and the Saudi crown prince agreed to bolster Pakistan-Saudi relations as well as bilateral cooperation.

PM Imran underscored that Pakistan wishes for peace and stability in the entire region, including the Gulf countries. All conflicts and disagreements can be resolved through political dialogue and diplomacy, he added.

The PM also apprised MbS about the latest conditions in occupied Kashmir.

'Bound in a fraternal relationship'

Earlier in the day when the prime minister had reached Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Governor Faisal bin Bandar and Minister of State Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban welcomed him at the airport.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PM Imran's special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, are accompanying him on the trip.

A statement by the Foreign Office earlier had said: "The prime minister will confer with the Saudi leadership in light of his recent consultations with other leaders. Bilateral ties and other regional developments would also form part of the discussions.

"Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are bound in a fraternal relationship marked by mutual trust and understanding, close cooperation, and an abiding tradition of supporting each other," the statement added.

The latest visit marks PM Imran's third one to Saudi Arabia this year after two trips back in May and September 2019. From the Kingdom's side, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid a state visit to Pakistan in February 2019.