Saudi Minister of State Al-Jubeir to visit Islamabad today

Saudi Minister of State Al-Jubeir to visit Islamabad today
Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, left, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on March 7, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office)
Updated 04 September 2019

Saudi Minister of State Al-Jubeir to visit Islamabad today

Saudi Minister of State Al-Jubeir to visit Islamabad today
  • Al-Jubeir is expected to meet with Pakistan’s top political and military leadership
  • Follows PM Khan and crown prince’s phone call to discuss regional situation

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir will arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday, the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad told Arab News.
During the course of his visit, Al-Jubeir is expected to meet Prime Minster Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.
Al-Jubeir’s visit comes at a time when Islamabad is embroiled in a bitter spat with New Delhi following India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
On Monday, PM Khan discussed the latest developments in the region during a telephone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said in a statement.
“Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has received a telephone call from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan,” the SPA said.
This was the third such contact between the two leaders since New Delhi took the decision on August 5.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always shared close, bilateral ties. However, the relations hit a new high after PM Khan assumed office last year.
On Sunday, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz met with Al-Jubeir in Riyadh where the two discussed bilateral ties and issues of common concern.
Meanwhile, the UAE embassy in Islamabad confirmed on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be visiting Islamabad for a day-long visit to meet political and military leaders on Wednesday.