‘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. 


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 18 November 2018
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.