Pakistani PM embarks on two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Elias Hubbard
September 20, 2019

During the PM's visit, the two sides will discuss ways of further strengthening the economic partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

According to the PMO statement, Prime Minister Imran also briefed King Salman on the current situation in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK).

Imran will hold discussions with the Saudi leadership over the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) following New Delhi's illegal and unilateral action of stripping the region of its autonomous status.

The two leaders discussed the bilateral relations between their countries and focused on global and regional developments.

Pakistan also condemned drone attacks on two Aramco oil plants in the east of Saudi Arabia at the weekend.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, and PM's special aide for overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari accompanied the premier.

Earlier, Khan was received at the royal terminal in Jeddah by Makkah's Governor Khalid Bin Faisal al Saud and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr.

The prime minister is in Jeddah for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, ahead of his trip to NY for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Prime Minister Imran has been in "regular contact" with the Saudi crown prince over the issue.

"We want to highlight the Kashmir dispute all over the world", Khan continued. After concluding his visit to the Kingdom, he will continue his journey to NY where he will attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the PM Office added. "Our Kashmiri brothers are passing through a hard situation, though the dispute has also been internationalized and the world has come to believe in Pakistan's narrative".

"Pakistan-Saudi relations are traditionally marked by warmth and mutual trust".

He assured the delegation that the government was bringing improvements across all sectors of Pakistan's economy, despite all the hurdles it is faced with owing to the poor state it had been handed over in.

On Wednesday, asked by the Pakistani media about a "solution to this crisis", United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, "Our capacity is related to good offices, and good office can only be implemented when good offices is accepted, and on the other hand it is related to advocacy and the advocacy was expressed and advocacy will be maintained".

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