JEDDAH– Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to give a strategic direction to their bilateral relations through a Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council and diversify the existing bilateral political, economic, trade, defence and security ties.
The bilateral ties were discussed in the meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prime Minister Imran Khan who arrive here Friday on three-day official visit to the Kingdom, according to a PM Office statement.
Following the meeting, both the leaders signed an agreement on Establishment of the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council (SPSCC) what Imran Khan hoped would play a catalytic role in fostering enhanced bilateral cooperation in all fields.
The Council, co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince, is designed to impart strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi relations.
During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to further strengthen, deepen and diversify the existing bilateral political, economic, trade, defence and security ties.
Special emphasis was laid on increasing Saudi investments in Pakistan, collaboration in the field of energy, and increased job opportunities for Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia. Both the sides also held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues marked by “exceptional cordiality and a commitment to fortify the upward trajectory in the bilateral relationship.”
The Prime Minister conveyed sincere regards to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and thanked the Crown Prince for his invitation to him to visit the Kingdom. He also expressed gratitude for affording him the opportunity to visit the two Holy Mosques during the special days of Ramazan.
The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s abiding support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom, and expressed special reverence accorded to the Land of the Two Holy Mosques by the people of Pakistan. The prime minister appreciated the Crown Prince’s recently launched “Green Saudi Arabia and Green Middle East” initiatives. He hoped to build upon the synergies between the vision of the Crown Prince and his own environment-related initiatives including the “10 Billion Trees Tsunami”.
The prime minister thanked the Saudi leadership for taking considerate measures for the welfare of Pakistani expatriates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exchanging views on regional and international issues, the prime minister outlined his vision of a peaceful neighborhood to advance the objectives of national economic development.
Highlighting the situation in IIOJK, Imran Khan stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He also highlighted Pakistan’s consistent efforts to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The prime minister lauded the Crown Prince for the Kingdom’s efforts and initiatives aimed at reinforcing and further promoting regional peace and security.
The two leaders also witnessed signing of a number of bilateral agreements/Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), including Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Combating Crimes; Agreement on Transfer of Convicted Individuals (Prisoners); MoU on Combating Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs; Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals; and Framework MoU for financing of projects (totaling up to USD 500 million) in energy, hydropower generation, infrastructure, transport and communication and water resource development.
The prime minister, along with a high-level delegation, is visiting Saudi Arabia, at the invitation of the Crown Prince. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Senator Faisal Javed. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is already in Saudi Arabia and participated in the delegation-level talks.