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Pakistan stands by Saudi Arabia: Prime Minister Abbasi

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Al-Salam Palace inJeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
JEDDAH: Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed his country’s support to the Kingdom during his meeting on Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The crown prince acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in its fight against terrorism, according to a statement issued by the Pakistani Consulate in Jeddah.
He expressed hope that fraternal ties between the two countries will further prosper, and underscored the importance Saudi Arabia attaches to a strong and stable Pakistan, said the statement.
The crown prince also expressed hope that Pakistan would overcome all challenges and continue its journey toward progress and prosperity.
The two leaders exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern and the issues faced by Muslims worldwide, said the statement.
They agreed to continue dialogue and cooperation toward their shared goal of peace, security and development in the region and beyond, said the statement, adding that Abbasi was briefed about the arrangements for Pakistani pilgrims for this year’s Hajj.
He lauded the crown prince’s leadership, in particular his Vision 2030 for Saudi Arabia’s development.
Abbasi recounted “the huge sacrifices and extraordinary efforts being made by Pakistan as a nation to root out terrorism and bring peace and stability,” said the statement.
This is Abbasi’s first foreign visit since becoming prime minister on Aug. 1, and signifies the importance Pakistan attaches to its relationship with Saudi Arabia, said the statement.
The premier is accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.

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