Islamabad, 30 September 2022 (TDI): Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki called on the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi. The meeting happened at Aiwan-e-Sadar, Islamabad on Friday.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries reviewed bilateral ties between the countries. The President said, “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have a long-standing brotherly relationship”.

He further emphasized taking effective steps to increase the existing trade between the two countries.

Moreover, Dr. Arif Alvi appreciated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s role in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in highlighting the issues of Palestine, Kashmir, and Afghanistan.

The two dignitaries also discussed the flood situation in Pakistan. President mentioned that more than 33 million Pakistani people have been affected by the devastating floods.

In addition, the President also appreciated Kingdom’s support in providing relief assistance for the flood victims in Pakistan.

The Pakistani President also highlighted the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, during the meeting.

He also expressed the hope that the international community would play a significant role in ending these violations and would urge India to agree to a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Earlier, the Ambassador of KSA also called on Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah on 14 September 2022.

Pakistan-Saudi Arabia ties

The two countries enjoy close relations since Pakistan’s Independence in 1947. The relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are based on the centuries-old religious, cultural, and commercial links between the two peoples.

The Kingdom is also home to approximately two million Pakistani people. Moreover, the government of KSA has also provided employment to Pakistanis ranging from high-tech urban professionals to unskilled laborers from the remotest parts of Pakistan.

Frequent exchange of visits between the state officials also marks strong bilateral relations. In 2019, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan visited the Kingdom and attended the Organization of Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Makkah.

In the same year, the Crown Prince of KSA, Muhammad Bin Salman also visited Islamabad. Moreover, KSA has provided generous financial support to Pakistan in its hour of need.

Currently, Saudi Arabia is also providing assistance to the people of Pakistan amid devastating floods in the country.