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Pak PM, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince exchange views

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Pak PM, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince exchange views

DUBAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Dubai.

PM is here to attend the 7th edition of the World Government Summit*.  He is accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Maritime Affairs, and Adviser on Commerce. 

It is pertinent to mention here that PM will also be meeting IMF Chief Christine Lagarde endeavoring to speed up IMF bailout talks.

*The annual gathering of heads of states and governments, policy makers and experts will provide an opportunity to discuss improvement in governance through reform, innovation, and technology.

 

 

 

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Modi welcomes MBS at New Delhi Airport!

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NEW DELHI: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who arrived here today, was warmly welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

MBS, who had called himself the Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudia, is expected to attempt to assuage the worsening Indo-Pak relations, particularly after Pulwama attack. 

Readers may recall that proscribed organization Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the attacked resulted into death of over forty Indian paramilitary troops.

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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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Nishan-e-Pakistan conferred on Saudi Crown Prince

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ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has conferred country’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan upon visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at an investiture ceremony today here at the President House.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and services chiefs were also present on the occasion. Later, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, developing, and elimination of corruption. Addressing a luncheon ceremony held in honor of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Islamabad today, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, development, and elimination of corruption.

He said it is a very golden era for Pakistan as it is open for investment. The President said we bravely fought terrorism and we are now standing at an era, where there will be increasing prosperity and peace in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the region. He thanked the Crown Prince for signing various Memorandums of Understanding for huge investment in Pakistan.

He said it is the first phase of Saudi investments and the second phase will take place soon. Dr. Arif Alvi said like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has huge tourism potential as it is situated at the crossroad of various regions. He invited Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to visit Pakistan and urged Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit northern areas of Pakistan, which present one of the best mountain attractions in the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said brotherly relationships between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are focused on the principle of Islamic solidarity. He acknowledged the contribution of Pakistani diaspora for the development of Saudi Arabia, especially in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque and Masjid-e-Nabavi. He said over two million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and contributing a lot in the development of the kingdom and Pakistan.

Relevant pieces published 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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