LONDON: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Sunday.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of an extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.
The Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, called on Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI today. pic.twitter.com/QjqAynGMpl
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) December 19, 2021
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan called on the international community to support Afghanistan in combating terrorism and extremism, and the Afghan economy from collapse, which may affect the region and the world.
During the meeting, Prince Faisal conveyed greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the prime minister and the Pakistani government and people.
The two sides reviewed the results of the extraordinary OIC session, which was called for by Saudi Arabia in its capacity as the head of the organization’s current summit.
The two sides also discussed aspects of joint coordination to support security and stability in Afghanistan and to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to the Afghan people through the OIC and international organizations.
Welcome back to Pakistan my brother @FaisalbinFarhan.
Pakistan is pleased to host the @OIC_OCI Extraordinary CFM convened at the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as OIC Summit Chair. We look forward to continuing our close cooperation. #OICInPakistan#OIC4Afg pic.twitter.com/3z252GdAKQ
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) December 19, 2021
They also discussed aspects of the historical and well-established relations between the two countries and ways of strengthening them in all fields, in addition to intensifying bilateral coordination on issues of common interest, the foreign ministry said.
Khan praised the Kingdom for its initiative to convene the extraordinary session and said he hoped “the world would not repeat the mistake of disengaging with Afghanistan.”
He underscored the special significance of the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relationship, which is based on close fraternal ties, historic links, and support at the gross-roots level, his office said in a statement.
Prince Faisal held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the OIC meeting.
He also held talks with OIC Secretary-General Hissein Taha and President of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Mohammed Al-Jasser.
Met FM @FaisalbinFarhan of Saudi Arabia and conveyed appreciation for good collaboration in preparation for OIC meeting (19/12)
Indonesia stands ready to support the work of OIC Special Envoy for Afghanistan. Also raised importance of women empowerment in Afghanistan
— Menteri Luar Negeri Republik Indonesia (@Menlu_RI) December 19, 2021