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Crown Prince’s visit: Pak-Saudi Joint Statement

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office had issued a joint Pak-Saudi statement following the termination of Saudi Crown Prince’s two-day visit. 

According to that, investment and trade relations have been given high priority during the visit as Saudi Crown Prince announced 20 billion dollars investment and signed agreements and MoUs in several sectors in Pakistan. “The visit laid the foundation for a new chapter in Pakistan-Saudi political, diplomatic, and economic, investment, and trade, people-to-people, defense, and security relationship”.  The statement said the establishment of the Supreme Coordination Council, its subsidiary mechanism is one of the key steps in shaping the new trajectory in the bilateral relations. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Crown Prince for his immediate consent to release 2107 prisoners from Saudi jails.

He briefed the Crown Prince on the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the need for resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. The Saudi side praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dialogue offer to India including the initiative on the opening of Kartarpur corridor. The Saudi side lauded Pakistan’s important positions in the Islamic world and its efforts for regional peace and security. Both sides also reiterated their commitment to continue combating extremism and terrorism and expressed their deep appreciation for the achievements and sacrifices made by the two sides in the war against terrorism. They also applauded the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in order to confront this serious scourge and called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to join all international efforts to combat global terrorism. 

Both brotherly countries applaud the growing momentum in bilateral ties in all areas. They stressed that dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region and to resolve the outstanding issues. Both sides also strongly condemned the atrocities and human rights violations committed against Muslims around the world. Both sides noted with satisfaction their strong defense and security ties and agreed to further enhance cooperation in this field to advance shared objectives. Crown Prince praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s agenda of transforming Pakistan into a welfare state, based on Islamic socio-economic principles and assured him of the Kingdom’s continued support.

The joint statement said that the two sides expressed their hope for achieving a fair, comprehensive and long-lasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of international legitimacy guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state based on internationally agreed standards 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital. It said that the two sides agreed on the importance of political settlement and promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan so that millions of Afghan refugees in neighboring countries can return to their country and contribute to their development and lasting peace. It said that the Saudi side appreciated Pakistan’s generous hosting of millions of Afghan refugees and other initiatives by Pakistan in the Afghan context.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen measures to promote trade, participate in exhibitions and events, welcome business meetings from both countries, and encourage the private sector to take the lead in building a strong economic partnership between the two brotherly countries. The Crown Prince stressed the potential of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will contribute to the development and prosperity of the region. Both countries called to promote dialogue, respect, and understanding among followers of different faiths to promote peace and interfaith harmony. Foreign Office Spokesperson in a press release issued today said investment and trade relations have been given high priority during the visit as Saudi Crown Prince announced 20 billion dollars investment and signed agreements and MoUs in several sectors in Pakistan. The joint statement said the visit laid the foundation for a new chapter in Pakistan-Saudi political, diplomatic, and economic, investment, and trade, people-to-people, defense, and security relationship.

The statement said the establishment of the Supreme Coordination Council, its subsidiary mechanism is one of the key steps in shaping the new trajectory in the bilateral relations. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Crown Prince for his immediate consent to release 2107 prisoners from Saudi jails. He briefed the Crown Prince on the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the need for resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. The Saudi side praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dialogue offer to India including the initiative on the opening of Kartarpur corridor. The Saudi side lauded Pakistan’s important positions in the Islamic world and its efforts for regional peace and security. Both sides also reiterated their commitment to continue combating extremism and terrorism and expressed their deep appreciation for the achievements and sacrifices made by the two sides in the war against terrorism.

They also applauded the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in order to confront this serious scourge and called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to join all international efforts to combat global terrorism. Both brotherly countries applaud the growing momentum in bilateral ties in all areas. They stressed that dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region and to resolve the outstanding issues. Both sides also strongly condemned the atrocities and human rights violations committed against Muslims around the world.  Both sides noted with satisfaction their strong defense and security ties and agreed to further enhance cooperation in this field to advance shared objectives. Crown Prince praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s agenda of transforming Pakistan into a welfare state, based on Islamic socio-economic principles and assured him of the Kingdom’s continued support. The joint statement said that the two sides expressed their hope for achieving a fair, comprehensive and long-lasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of international legitimacy guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state based on internationally agreed standards 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital.

It said that the two sides agreed on the importance of political settlement and promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan so that millions of Afghan refugees in neighboring countries can return to their country and contribute to their development and lasting peace.  It said that the Saudi side appreciated Pakistan’s generous hosting of millions of Afghan refugees and other initiatives by Pakistan in the Afghan context. The two sides agreed to further strengthen measures to promote trade, participate in exhibitions and events, welcome business meetings from both countries, and encourage the private sector to take the lead in building a strong economic partnership between the two brotherly countries. The Crown Prince stressed the potential of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will contribute to the development and prosperity of the region.

Both countries called to promote dialogue, respect, and understanding among followers of different faiths to promote peace and interfaith harmony. Earlier, in a separate brief statement, Foreign Office said the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has laid the foundation for a new chapter in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relationship. The statement said the visit is marked by initiatives of a high-level institutional framework to guide the future direction of political, diplomatic, economic, security and cultural aspects. The establishment of the Supreme Coordination Council and its inaugural session in Islamabad were key steps in shaping a new trajectory n bilateral relationship. The statement also articulates the common position of two countries on a range of regional peace and security matters and international challenges faced by Islamic Ummah.

Relevant pieces publised earlier: 

Saudi Crown Prince orders release of over 2K Pak prisoners!

$20bn Saudi investment in Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince arrives on historic visit to the region! (TEXT AND VIDEO)

 

 

 

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 6,964,943 mln Umra pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.

In its weekly cumulative indicator, the ministry said the Saudi authorities have so far issued 7,463,259 visas to people intending to perform Umrah, Saudi Gazette reported.

Of the total 6,964,943 Umrah pilgrims, who arrived in the Saudi Kingdom, 6,185,504 arrived at airports, 671,356 via the land crossing points and 108,083 via seaports.

According to sources nearly 1,530,855 Umrah pilgrims have arrived from Pakistan, followed by 934,827 from Indonesia, 635,675 from India, 524,728 from Egypt, 353,425 from Algeria, 323,083 from Yemen, 300,517 from Turkey, 269,554 from Malaysia, 268,179 from Iraq, and 194,908 from Jordan.

The Umrah-related initiative is among the main objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, seeking to attract over 30 million Umrah performers by providing them with excellent services to enrich their experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ISLAMABAD: Saudis are volunteering in Makkah to help pilgrims, dealing with their health issues and any other requirements they may have so their Umrah can be performed with ease.
Doctors, teachers, engineers and government employees are among those giving their time and energy during the holy month of Ramadan to help the millions of Muslims who are in Makkah.
The head of Nabad, a volunteer group, talking to Arab news said medical professionals and other specialists were focusing on nationals and residents through events in malls, hospitals and health centers.
“Nabad has contributed to promoting knowledge among members of civil society and focused on serving widows, divorcees, low-income people, people with special needs and the elderly through events carried out in conjunction with government bodies,” Dr Yasser Al-Sharif said.
He added that 1,400 doctors and medical students were volunteering, hoping to make a difference and to serve their country.
Al-Sharif said the events were aimed at raising awareness about several programs, including one about health empowerment ambassadors, for guests of the Grand Mosque. Pilgrims are provided with information upon arrival at the airport in different languages, he said.
Rania Shodari is part of a volunteer program for pilgrims, offering them gifts and introducing them to Makkah landmarks, and described the experience as special.
“Volunteering should come from the heart and not be a means to show off,” she told Arab News. “We focus on bringing smiles to pilgrims’ faces and intensifying efforts to reflect real Saudi hospitality, from the moment they arrive until their departure.

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Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria

KAFRANBEL: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern jihadist bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there.

Clashes between regime forces and militants raged Monday on the edge of the region held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, following the deadly air raids overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Idlib region controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is supposed to be protected from a government offensive by a September buffer zone deal, but regime and Russian bombardment has increased there since late April.

The Observatory said Russian air strikes overnight killed five children, four women, and one man in the town of Kafranbel in Idlib province.

The air strikes hit near a hospital in the town, knocking it out of service, the Britain-based monitor said.

 

 

 

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