Karachi, 14 September 2022 (TDI): Ambassador of KSA to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki met Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah.

Syed Murad Ali Shah warmly welcomed the Saudi Ambassador at Chief Minister’s house in Karachi.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries discussed the flood situation in Pakistan. Saudi Ambassador expressed his condolences over the loss of lives due to floods in the country.

Moreover, the Ambassador affirmed that his country will always stand with the Pakistani people in tackling these types of difficult circumstances.

Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Relations

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.

In 1951, a Treaty of Friendship was signed by the two countries which laid the basis for cooperation. Bilateral relations between the two nations were strengthened over the coming decades by a tradition of providing strong financial and strategic assistance to each other in times of need.

Moreover, the KSA is home to approximately two million Pakistani people. Pakistani engineers, construction experts, and laborers have contributed significantly to shaping the modern infrastructure of the Kingdom.

Further, 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 which was held under the Chair of Saudi Arabia.

In the same year, Crown Prince of KSA, Muhammad Bin Salman also visited Pakistan and held fruitful bilateral discussions with the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Moreover, KSA has provided generous financial support to Pakistan in its hour of need.

In the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Saudi Government provided $105 million, which is 13.3% of the total amount pledged by the rest of the world. Saudi Arabia was the second biggest donor to provide aid to Pakistan’s flood victims.

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