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Gen Bajwa calls on Saudi Crown Prince in Jeddah

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Jeddah.

Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman was also present. During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including recent developments in Afghan peace process, bilateral defence, security, collaboration for regional peace and connectivity were discussed.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations, General Bajwa said that Pakistan is resolute in its commitment to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia and defence of the two Holy Mosques.

The Crown Prince acknowledged Pakistan’s role towards regional peace and stability. He said that the relations between Saudi Arabia Pakistan are based on bonds of brotherhood and mutual trust and both nations will continue to play their part for peace, stability & betterment of Muslim Ummah.

The meeting comes just as Prime Minister Imran Khan is to embark on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including the foreign minister and other cabinet members.

During the visit, the prime minister will hold consultation with the Saudi leadership on all areas of bilateral cooperation including economic, trade, investment, energy, job opportunities for Pakistani workforce and welfare of Pakistani diaspora.

The two sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. A number of bilateral agreements/MoUs are expected to be signed during the visit.

The prime minister will also meet the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen, Secretary General of the World Muslim League Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa and the Imams of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.  He will also interact with the Pakistani diaspora in Jeddah.