RIYADH: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the recent missile and drone strikes on Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the Eastern Province while meeting Saudi leaders in Jeddah on Thursday.
“Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to the sanctity and security of the two holy mosques,” Khan said.
The king stressed that the Kingdom is capable of dealing with the criminal acts that target the security and stability of the region and global energy supplies.
The prime minister also briefed Crown Prince Mohammed about the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir after New Delhi revoked the limited constitutional autonomy of the disputed Himalayan region on August 5.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit, before his trip to New York to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Makkah governor Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz received Khan at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Pakistan’s envoy to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz was also in attendance.
Khan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, the prime minister's special aide for overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari, and other officials.
The foreign office said late Wednesday that Khan would discuss the “various dimensions of the grave situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, arising from India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019” during his meeting with the Saudi leadership
“The Prime Minister has been in regular contact on the Kashmir issue with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman,” the foreign office statement read.
It further highlighted the “growing momentum in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations in all areas of cooperation” since the visit to Islamabad by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in February 2019.
“During the Prime Minister’s visit, the two sides will discuss ways of further strengthening the economic partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” the official handout stated.
Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia is expected to further reinforce the close ties between the two countries and deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.