Islamabad: Senator Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia relations remain steadfast as ever and we are determined to further building up these historic fraternal ties.
The Minister stated this in a meeting with H.E. Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, Saudi Ambassador here Friday.
The Ambassador on the occasion was accompanied by Dr.Ahmed Abdullah Alsalmi, Information Attache,Saudi Embassy, Islamabad.
The Minister went on to say that both countries enjoy common Islamic heritage and would like to further strengthen their ties in different areas which are mutually beneficial.
Information Minister termed Pak-Saudi relationship as a relationship of hearts and reiterated that the people of Pakistan have great reverence for the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques. He made a special mention of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince HRH Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan and appreciated his vision 2030 which he said is forward looking and in tandem with the requirements of modern era. He also commended the arrangements made by the Saudi government for Hajj this year despite difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in the fields of media and culture. They also emphasised exchange and telecast of TV plays and screening of movies in each other’s country as film is an important medium to promote and project cultural and societal values. Both dignitaries also agreed on production of programs highlighting the life and achievements of muslim heroes, depicting the true Islamic culture.
H.E. Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, Saudi Ambassador said that Saudi Arabia was the first country visited by Prime Minister Imran Khan, adding that Saudi Arab was at the fore front extending him good wishes and support.
The Saudi Ambassador informed about the latest situation of COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia and said that Corona cases are now minimal and situation is returning to normalcy.
Minister Shibli Faraz stated that Pakistan has successfully tackled the COVID-19 pandemic through effective and prudent policies adopted by the government. He added that if a leader cares for the marginalized strata of the society then Allah Almighty showers His blessings to meet the most difficult of challenges.
Information Minister also on the occasion presented the special publication regarding the two years performance of the government to Saudi Ambassador. The meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry of I&B.