Pakistan thankful for Saudi economic support: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s economic support to Pakistan and the initiatives which were underway to build a stronger economic relationship between the two countries.

The prime minister was talking to Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, who is visiting Pakistan in connection with his charity projects.

The prime minister underscored that the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were unique and based on shared religion, culture and history.

The PM highlighted the tourism and economic potential of Pakistan and noted the macro-economic improvements achieved by the government including the current account surplus.

He apprised Prince Sultan of the gross human rights violations by India in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K), especially the inhumane lockdown of over eight million people for more than 100 days.

He said the international community should stand with the innocent Kashmiris in their just struggle.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Food Security Minister Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiar and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood were also present on the occasion.

PM Imran appreciated the contributions of the Saudi royal family for its welfare work in Pakistan.

He lauded the progress made by Saudi Arabia under the wise leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud highlighted the close affinity between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and appreciated the role played by Pakistani professionals, especially doctors and engineers, in the progress and development of Saudi Arabia.

He underscored the need for Islamic Ummah to better understand its cultural and religious heritage and to remove misconceptions about Islam.

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