JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan have signed an agreement to establish the Saudi-Pakistani Supreme Coordination Council.

Ahead of the visit, Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the establishment of the council – a body created for streamlining bilateral cooperation between the two countries – to ‘remove hurdles’ to investment deals signed during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan in February 2019.

Representatives from both countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors, Saudi news agency SPA reported.

“Another MoU for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure, transportation, water, and communications between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed as well,” Al-Arabiya TV reported separately.

The two leaders also witnessed the signing of agreements increasing cooperation on people sentenced to penalties depriving freedom, and on crime prevention.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Friday evening for a three-day visit on the invitation of the crown prince, who was present at Jeddah airport to receive him and the first lady. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the foreign minister and other members of the Cabinet.

The crown prince and Pakistani leader held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues in Jeddah, a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office said.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the strong and historic bonds between the two countries rooted firmly in shared beliefs, common values, mutual trust and longstanding tradition of mutual support,” the statement said, and added that the two parties agreed to “further strengthen, deepen and diversify the existing bilateral political, economic, trade, defense and security ties.”

“Special emphasis was laid on increasing Saudi investments in Pakistan, collaboration in the field of energy, and increased job opportunities for Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia,” the statement said.

Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis who remit billions of dollars back home every year.

On regional issues, Khan outlined his vision of a ‘peaceful neighborhood.’ He lauded the crown prince for efforts and initiatives aimed at reinforcing and promoting regional peace.

Khan highlighted the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He also said Pakistan had made consistent efforts to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the statement reported.

The Afghan question is important in the region against the backdrop of foreign troops pulling out of Pakistan’s neighboring country after a war that has lasted two decades, and that ends with the Taliban controlling huge swathes of the country.

During talks, issues related to the environment and climate change were discussed and the PM reportedly appreciated the crown prince’s ‘Green Saudi Arabia’ initiative.

Khan has reportedly also invited the crown prince to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, the foreign office said.

On Friday, Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose official visit preluded Khan’s, held talks with the Saudi crown prince and reviewed bilateral ties.

He also discussed defense cooperation with the Saudi military chief of staff.

Arab News.

Date: 7th May, 2021

 

Related Press release

Consul General Khalid Majid paid a courtesy call on Maj. Gen. Saleh bin Awadh Al-Jabri, Head of Police Makkah al Mukarramah Region on Tuesday, 16th November 2021

Press Release Consul General Khalid Majid paid a courtesy call on Maj. Gen. Saleh bin Awadh Al-Jabri, Head of Police Makkah al Mukarramah Region on Tuesday, 16th November 2021. The Police Chief welcomed the Consul General and appreciated the role of Pakistani community in the socio-economic development of the Kingdom by displaying law abiding behaviour. […]

The Consulate General of Pakistan organized a Seminar on Jammu & Kashmir on 27th October, 2021 at Pakistan House Jeddah.

Press Release The Consulate General of Pakistan organized a Seminar on Jammu & Kashmir on 27th October, 2021 at Pakistan House Jeddah. A cross section of prominent members of Pakistani/Kashmiri community and Saudi dignitaries attended the event. The event started with reading out of special messages from the President, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and […]

Prime Minister Addresses Saudi-Pakistani Investment Forum in Saudi Arabia

Press Release Prime Minister Addresses Saudi-Pakistani Investment Forum in Saudi Arabia Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum held in Riyadh today. The Saudi Minister of Investment, His Excellency Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, hosted the Forum and delivered keynote address. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi; Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance and […]