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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan to
stand together to face challenges collectively
ISLAMABAD, Oct 25 (NNI):
Saudi Arabia has expressed solidarity with the people and leadership of
Pakistan assuring that the two countries would stand together to face
This was stated by the Khadim-e-Harmain Sharifain King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz
and the Crown Prince Abdullah in their special messages to the President.
The Saudi Foreign Minister and the Special Envoy of the Saudi leaders
Prince Saud Al Faisal delivered these remarks when he met General Pervez
Musharraf in Islamabad on Thursday.
After the meeting that lasted for an hour, the President General Pervez
Musharraf told newsmen that they discussed the Afghan situation in its
totality and there was total unanimity of views on how to approach the
problem and its consequences.
He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed such close brotherly relations
even in the past that there is no parallel to this any where. He said the
two countries maintain very close contacts on all important issues around
the world and there is total unanimity of view between them. He said
Pakistan is grateful to Saudi Arabia for the support it has provided to
Pakistan in the past and they look to the future for cooperation in all
areas whether political or economic as has existed in the past.
The President thanked the Saudi Arabian leadership and the Foreign
Minister for the support they have expressed to Pakistan.
The Saudi Special Envoy and Foreign Minister said he shared with General
Musharraf that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have stood together when national
interests of either country were challenged and they faced those
In reply to a question that the economic difficulties being faced by
Pakistan due to the present situation, Prince Saud Al-Faisal assured that
Saudi Arabia will do whatever it can and standby Pakistan. He said
Pakistan is a country that has been a bastion of the Islamic Ummah and
solidarity with Pakistan is duty of every Muslim particularly at this
He said the policies Pakistan was following in the wake of the present
situation are in line with the decisions of the OIC Foreign Minister’s
Conference held recently in Doha.
Officials sources told our diplomatic correspondent that during the
meeting the Saudi Foreign Minister assured his country’s full support and
said that Saudi Arabia would not be found wanting in support to Islamabad.
The Saudi Envoy said that the security and stability of Pakistan was of
highest priority to his country.
The President expressed his gratitude for the consistent support that
Islamabad has been receiving in the past and over the assurances that his
support will continue in the future. General Musharraf also assured that
Pakistan will continue to standby Saudi Arabia. –NNI
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