PM visit to KSA: Fawad says PM to play role in KSA-Iran thaw
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Prime Minister Imran Khan is leaving on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia today, reported 24 News HD TV Channel on Friday.
According to the Foreign Office, a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would accompany the Prime Minister.
The prime minister is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from May 7 to May 9 on the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The PM will hold talks with the Saudi leadership on bilateral cooperation in all affairs. The two leaders will exchange their views on regional and international affairs of mutual interests.
During his visit, the premier would sign bilateral agreements of understanding (MOUs) with the KSA. He will hold parleys with the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen. He will also meet with the Pakistani community in Jeddah.
The FO said Pakistan and KSA enjoy longstanding and historic brotherly ties. It said KSA is home to 2 million Pakistanis.
In a separate development, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while talking to Saudi TV channel Al Akhbaria, said that it was the third visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia.
He said that PM Khan enjoyed good personal relationships with the Saudi leadership and these relations were based on love and brotherhood.
He said MP Khan would hold talks on strategic partnership, supreme coordination council and media partnership between the two countries.
Fawad disclosed that the PM showed his interest in the elimination of regional disagreement between Iran and the Saudi Kingdom. He said all countries should respect each other’s sovereignty. He said PM Khan will play his role in the recent thaw between the KSA and Iran.
Crown Prince struck a conciliatory tone towards its arch-rival Iran saying he wanted ‘good’ relations with Iran. The two rivals also held secret talks in Baghdad.
The information minister said that Pakistan admitted Saudi services for the entire Islamic world, adding that Pakistan very much wanted to know how it could facilitate the KSA in holding its smooth bilateral talks with Iran.
Fawad said there existed deep-rooted and historic defence ties between Pakistan and the KSA.
Reporter Zeeshan Bhatti