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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Assaf on the sidelines of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Jeddah, today.

Extending a warm welcome to Foreign Minister Qureshi, the Saudi Foreign Minister described the Pakistan-Saudi relationship as both historic and strategic, built on strong foundations.

Agreeing with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored the importance Pakistan attaches to this traditionally close and cordial relationship — marked by mutual trust, understanding and support for each other.

Recalling the successful visit of Saudi Crown Prince His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan, earlier this year, the Foreign Minister termed it as a high point in bilateral relations providing strategic direction to the relationship.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed a range of subjects including bilateral political exchanges, intensified economic and financial interaction, and follow-up on the release of Pakistani prisoners. They also exchanged views on recent developments in the region.

The Foreign Minister congratulated KSA on organising the OIC Summit and related meetings and wished a successful outcome.

The Foreign Minister also thanked the Saudi leadership for their steadfast support to Pakistan on a range of key issues. Saudi Arabia remains an active member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

29 May 2019

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