‘Pakistan will not allow violation of Saudi sovereignty,’ says minister

Chaudhry praised the Kingdom’s management of this year’s Hajj season. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2018
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‘Pakistan will not allow violation of Saudi sovereignty,’ says minister

  • The Kingdom is an important partner to Pakistan, and bilateral relations are strategic and will continue to strengthen and diversify: Fawad Chaudhry
  • Minister: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan reject terrorism and extremism, and support the values of moderate Islam and tolerance

JEDDAH: Islamabad will not allow anyone to infringe on Saudi security and sovereignty, or the sanctity of the Two Holy Mosques, said Pakistan’s information minister, adding that any attack on the Kingdom is an attack on Pakistan.

The Kingdom is an important partner to Pakistan, and bilateral relations are strategic and will continue to strengthen and diversify, Fawad Chaudhry told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 

The Kingdom is respected and enjoys an important position in the Islamic world and internationally, he said.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan reject terrorism and extremism, and support the values of moderate Islam and tolerance, he added.

Chaudhry praised the Kingdom’s management of this year’s Hajj season, and its preparations and efforts to enable pilgrims to perform their rituals easily.

Pakistan’s government and people highly appreciate King Salman’s efforts in the service and expansion of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, the minister said. 


King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

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King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan met the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.

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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.