Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to strengthen ties


RIYADH – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday was assured of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s health.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is also the deputy premier and minister of defence.

Both leaders emphasised the importance of close bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed ways of enhancing them in various fields, besides exchanging views on the latest developments at regional and international levels.

Earlier, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received Premier Nawaz Sharif at Al-Yamamah Palace here Thursday.

The crown prince welcomed the prime minister of Pakistan and his delegation in their second home, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
For his part Sharif expressed his happiness to visit the Kingdom and meet the crown prince.

The prime minister said that he had come to pay respect and extend good wishes for speedy recovery, good health and long life of Khadimul Harmain Sharifain King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Sharif was reassured about the health of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

From Saudi side, the meeting was attended by Deputy Crown Prince Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, second deputy premier, advisor and special envoy of the custodian of the two holy mosques, chief of General Intelligence Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Cabinet’s Member and chief of the Crown Prince’s Court and Special Advisor and Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr.
Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban.

The Pakistani prime minister was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Manzour Al-Haq.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Khadimul Harmain Sharifain King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and enquired about his health.

He prayed for his good health, recovery and long life.
He remained there for some time and then left for Jeddah.
He will be performing Umrah on Friday and also visit Madinah Munawarrah to pay homage to Roza–e-Rasool (S.

Expressing concern over the health of the king, the premier said being custodians of the holy mosques Saudi leadership has a special place in the heart of every Pakistani and the nation is praying for his speedy recovery and long life.



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