New heights of Pak-Saudi relations celebrated

Updated 08 November 2013

New heights of Pak-Saudi relations celebrated

Saud Al-Shakhi, general manager of the Ministry of Information and Culture’s Makkah branch, and Abdullah bin Mohammed Aloiyan, general manager of the Labor Ministry’s Jeddah branch, visited Pakistan Consul General Aftab Khokher’s residence on the occasion of Saudi National Day.
Celebrations and talks of mutual cooperation took place on Thursday.
“We are honored that the Pakistani Consulate celebrated our National Day at the residence of the Pakistan Consul General. I would like to extend our gratitude on behalf of the Saudi government, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of the Makkah region and Prince Mish’al bin Majed, governor of Jeddah. We have very strong and brotherly relations between the two countries, which work hand in hand for the security and progress of the two countries,” said Al-Shakhi.
Other dignitaries included Mohammed M. Al-Juhani, honorary consul of the Republic of Congo, Anwar Ashaqi, chief of a strategic think tank center, Talal Abdullah Samarkandi from the JCCI, diplomats and community members.
Khokhar welcomed guests and extended his appreciation to the government and people of the Kingdom from the government and people of Pakistan on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 83rd National Day.
“This is also a day of happiness for the people and the government of Pakistan, as well as for Pakistanis living in the kingdom. We join in celebrations on this historic day, along with the people, the royal family and the government of Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“We are two sides of the same coin and as such, we share in each other’s happiness and pain. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan’s statement that ‘Saudi Arabia’s security is a red line for Pakistan’ is a manifestation of this important relationship,” he said.
“National Day reminds us of the unification of Saudi Arabia by the late King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud under the banner of the green flag. The Kingdom is working under the strong and wise leadership of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in the interest of Saudi nationals and residents under Adil Fakieh, minister of labor, and the JCCI,” he said.
He also offered condolences on the earthquake that recently struck Pakistan.
Anwar Ashaqi said that the security of the two countries are interrelated and that the strategic relationship between the two countries is strong.
Terrorism, he said, does not come from inside Pakistan.
Mohammed Aljuhani also said that the two countries enjoy excellent relations.
Tawqeer Hyder and Riyaz Kaifi recited poems on Saudi Arabia.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.