Islamabad, 7 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan reaffirmed its support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the country announced its intention to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034, on October 6.

Pakistan stated that the prestigious football tournament in Saudi Arabia would create enduring memories for years.

The Foreign Office’s spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, said that Pakistan support Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

She expressed her confidence that, if given the chance to host the World Cup, Saudi Arabia would create an extraordinary and unforgettable event.

Moreover, she also sent her best wishes for the success of the Saudi bid.

After FIFA invited countries from the Asia and Oceania regions to submit bids, Saudi Arabia announced its intention to bid for the 2034 World Cup.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation is spearheading the candidacy for 2034.

Furthermore, their goal is to create a world-class competition, drawing inspiration from the country’s ongoing social and economic transformation, as well as its deep-rooted passion for football.

Additionally, the country’s growing expertise in organizing top-tier football competitions supports Saudi Arabia’s first FIFA World Cup nomination.

Hosting the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, events that will attract spectators from all over the world, further reinforces this support.

The Kingdom has quickly emerged as a leading hub and an international destination for hosting major events thanks to its rich cultural heritage, economic strength, and the ambition of its people.

The statement conveyed that it found inspiration in the current social and economic changes taking place in the Saudi Arabia.

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It also highlighted the profound love for football, further fueled by recent signings of global stars like Cristiano Ronaldo by local clubs.

In the previous year, Qatar made history by becoming the inaugural Middle Eastern nation to host the FIFA World Cup, drawing sports enthusiasts from around the globe.

The tournament stood out as it took place in November and December, deviating from the usual June and July schedule, in order to sidestep the scorching heat of the Qatari summer.