PM Imran, Saudi crown prince discuss bilateral ties, regional security

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Salman.

This was second interaction between two leaders within a month and it came two days after PM Khan flew to Tehran and discussed steps to defuse regional tensions.

Prime Minister Khan briefed the crown prince about his meeting with the Iranian leadership in a bid to facilitate talks between Tehran and Riyadh.

Pakistan considers its bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia very important, he said, adding the entire Pakistani nation had a united stand for the honor and sanctity of Harmain.

The PM also apprised the crown prince of the August 5 unilateral Indian action, brutalities on Kashmiri people and the consequent threats posed to regional security.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Pakistan’s Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz were also present in the meeting.

According to Saudi Press Agency, they reviewed strong ties between the two brotherly countries and fields of joint cooperation as well as ways of enhancing them.

They also discussed the latest developments in the region and a number of issues of common interest.

The meeting was attended by Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the State and Member of the Cabinet; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard; Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of the State, Member of the Cabinet and Advisor of National Security; Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, Minister of the State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet; the Pakistani Prime Minister’s accompanying delegation and a number of officials.