Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional situation in his meeting with visiting Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Islamabad.
“Prime Minister Nawaz welcomed the Deputy Crown Prince and stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Holy Mosques were held in high esteem by the people of Pakistan,” said a statement issued by the PM House.
The premier affirmed that the people of Pakistan were bonded with the people of KSA through historical, cultural and Islamic ties of brotherhood. He added that the people of Pakistan would always stand with the people of Saudi Arabia, against any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom.
Same views were expressed by Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif during his meeting with the visiting Saudi prince at the GHQ in Rawalpindi earlier in the day.
Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister called on General Raheel Sharif, COAS at General Headquarters this afternoon. Matters related to regional security and defence cooperation came under discussion during the meeting.
COAS said Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security. Pakistan holds its defence ties with KSA in highest esteem and re-asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
Saudi Defence Minister said KSA attaches great importance to Pakistan and its armed forces and appreciates their successes in fight against terrorism and efforts for regional stability.Defence Minister re-affirmed Kingdom’s full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters
The Deputy Crown Prince appreciated the valiant efforts waged by the security and law enforcement authorities to root out terrorism from Pakistan, particularly through the military operation Zarb-e-Azb. He was also briefed on the progress in implementing National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate extremism and terrorism.