JEDDAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and apprised him of the latest developments in India-occupied Kashmir, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The premier discussed the “grave situation” in occupied Kashmir following the Indian government’s decision to devoid the region of its autonomy on August 5. The occupied territory has since been under a strict government-imposed curfew and communications blackout.
During his meeting with the Saudi prince, the prime minister condemned the recent attacks in Saudi Arabia on Aramco’s oil facilities.
The leadership of both countries also discussed ways to strengthen economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the PMO statement said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, and Pakistan`s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz also attended the meeting.
The prime minister is in Jeddah for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, ahead of his trip to New York for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He was received by Makkah Governor Khalid Al-Faisal at the Jeddah Royal Terminal.
“The Prime Minister has been in regular contact on the Kashmir issue with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” noted the statement from PM’s office, adding that since the last visit of MbS — by which the Saudi leader is often known — in February, earlier this year, “there is a growing momentum in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations in all areas of cooperation”.
PM Khan was also expected to discuss with the Kingdom’s rulers “ways of further strengthening the economic partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia”.
Traditionally marked by warmth and mutual trust, premier’s visit to the Kingdom was expected to further reinforce the close fraternal Pakistan-Saudi relations “and deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields”.