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FM Qureshi, Saudi ambassador discuss issues of mutual interest

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets the Saudi ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki in Islamabad, on August 31, 2020. — APP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Saudi ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki on Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors and different issues of mutual interests.

During the meeting held in the Foreign Office,  FM Qureshi said that Pakistan and kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoyed strong and deeply rooted historic relations and Islamabad would always stand shoulder to shoulder with its brotherly country.

The foreign minister said that sanctity of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had been a part of the belief of every Muslim.

Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan strongly condemned Houthi militia’s attempts to target civilian population and military installations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He said that they were looking forward to meeting Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Saudi minister for energy Abdulaziz bin Slaman Al Saud during their expected upcoming visit to Pakistan.

The foreign minister also inquired after the health of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Qureshi further said that a large number of Pakistani expatriates had been staying in Saudi Arabia for years and playing a role in the progress and development of the kingdom.

He expressed the optimism that after improvement from the coronavirus situation, the Saudi government would take special steps for the return and re-employment of Pakistani workers who had lost their jobs.

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