Saudi Cabinet Hails Strategic Ties with Pakistan

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 - 13:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia praised on Tuesday the ties it boasts with Pakistan in wake of the recent visit paid to the country by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired a cabinet session in Riyadh during which the ministers highlighted the formation of the Saudi-Pakistani coordination council.

Crown Prince Mohammed also oversaw during his visit on Sunday and Monday the signing of seven agreements with Islamabad worth $20 billion.

Such deals reflect the strength of the strategic ties that bind Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, said the ministers.

The Crown Prince is set to travel to India and China at the directives of King Salman out of his keenness to bolster ties with friendly nations.

King Salman also briefed the cabinet on the meetings he held last week with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The two officials discussed the latest developments on the Palestinian scene, with the King stressing the Kingdom’s firm and constant support towards the Palestinian people and their right to an independent state.

The ministers also reviewed Saudi Arabia’s participation at the Warsaw Middle East conference last week where it stressed that it will continue to play a leading role in combating terrorism and extremism as part of international and regional efforts to eradicate terror organizations.

They also welcomed the statement issued by the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States on the situation on Yemen.

The ministers, who had met on the sidelines of the Warsaw conference, underscored their commitment to reaching a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Yemen and voiced their backing for the Sweden deal that was struck in December 2018.

In addition, the cabinet hailed King Salman for his inauguration last week of 1,281 development projects, worth 82 billion riyals, in the Riyadh region.

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