ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan will make a trip to Pakistan this coming Thursday December 26, sources privy to government quarters stated.
According to diplomatic sources, the visit of Saudi FM will be of utmost importance. The Saudi dignitary will hold important meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during his visit.
The visit of Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud is being considered as of high value after Pakistan opted out of the Kuala Lumpur summit in Malaysia.
The trip is being touted as one of tantamount importance for the region and Pakistan – Saudi Arabia relationships in the backdrop of the Kuala Lumpur fiasco. Saudi Arabia has rejected reports that Pakistan bowed out of the Kuala Lumpur Summit under pressure.
In a statement, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad clarified that relations between the two countries are superior to the language of threats. These ties are strategic based on mutual trust, respect and understanding, it added.
The statement noted that the two countries enjoy a consensus of views on most regional and international issues, especially the issues of Islamic nation. It said that Saudi Arabia has always stood with Pakistan in difficult times and that the kingdom strives always to stand with Pakistan to be a successful and stable country.
On December 20, Foreign Office Spokesperson Ayesha Farooqui stated that Pakistan did not participate in the KL Summit as time and efforts were needed to address the concerns of major Muslim countries regarding possible division in the Ummah.
The spokesperson asserted that Pakistan will continue to work for the unity and solidarity of the Ummah, which is indispensable for effectively addressing the challenges faced by the Muslim world.