Tuesday Oct 26, 2021
RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit in Riyadh.
During the meeting, PM Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to safeguard Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity.
He said that if Saudi Arabia faces a security threat, Pakistan will stand with the Kingdom. The prime minister paid tribute to the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in the progress and development of the Kingdom.
He lauded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Saudi Vision 2030, which aimed at transforming the socio-economic development of the Kingdom in the 21st century.
Congratulating the crown prince on successfully organising the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit on climate change, the PM said the Summit clearly demonstrated the commitment of the Saudi leadership to take tangible steps for effectively tackling the challenges of climate change.
The prime minister noted that the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative aligned closely with Pakistan’s climate change initiatives ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ and the ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’.
He reiterated Pakistan’s support in the implementation of these green initiatives.
The prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s deep fraternal relations with Saudi Arabia and highlighted the significance Pakistan attached to its strategic ties with the Kingdom.
“Because of the two holy mosques, we are tied to the Kingdom. Second, Saudi Arabia has always stood with Pakistan during the most difficult of times,” he noted.
The premier also praised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “I have been coming to Saudi Arabia for 30 years and I have seen a change under the dynamic leadership of the crown prince. I have seen the difference. “He is someone who has a passion for change [...] and I see that.”
He also expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its steadfast support to Pakistan at every crucial juncture. The two leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation across all the fields.
On the latest developments in Afghanistan, the prime minister stressed the importance of active and constructive engagement of the international community to help alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people.
He expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and hoped that the international community would take urgent steps to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse in Afghanistan.
The two leaders agreed to closely coordinate efforts to address these challenges.
This is the second visit of the prime minister to Saudi Arabia this year.