Islamabad, February 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister His Royal Highness Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al- Saud called on the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today. Federal Minister for Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were also present at the occasion.
Both the leaders remained together for some time and discussed matters relating to mutual interest. Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly relations and have similar views on regional as well as international matters. Pakistan supports efforts of Saudi Arabia aimed at strengthening unity among the Islamic countries, PM added.
Both the leaders expressed desire to further strengthen cooperation in various fields for the promotion of the causes of the Muslim Ummah as well as international peace and stability.
Prime Minister said that Pakistan holds Saudi Arabia in highest esteem and the relations between the people of both the countries are more than fraternal. Prime Minister said that the large Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia serves as a bridge between the two brotherly countries and plays a positive role in the development of Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan’s economy through annual remittances of over four billion dollars.
Saudi Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al- Saud expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for the hospitality shown towards him and his delegation during the visit.
Earlier, both the leaders witnessed the agreements signing ceremony between the two countries that included Agreement on export Credit facility of US $ 125 Million for purchase of Urea from Saudi Arabia Industries Cooperate and Agreement of US $ 58 Million funding by Saudi Fund for Development of Golen Gol Hydropower Project in Chitral.
Secretary Economic Affairs Division Ms. Nergis Setthi from the Pakistan side and Vice Chairman and MD Saudi Fund for Development Mr. Yousaf Ibrahim Albassam, from Saudi side signed the agreements. Later Prime Minister hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting dignitary and his delegation.
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