ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday held a telephonic conversation with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal Al Saud.
Matters of mutual interest, including Covid-19 pandemic, enhanced bilateral cooperation and situation in Occupied Kashmir were discussed.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi underscored that the fraternal ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were deep-rooted and multi-faceted and the strategic relationship between the two countries was growing in myriad dimensions.
In context of Occupied Kashmir, Foreign Minister Qureshi shared deep concern over the continuing double lockdown as well as the intensification of military crackdown by Indian occupation forces and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory by introducing new domicile law.
He lauded the recent statements of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other international bodies which showed serious concerns and urged urgent steps to address the situation in the Occupied Kashmir. The Saudi Arabian foreign minister reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s traditional support for the Kashmir cause.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked for condolence messages issued by the King and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia over PIA plane crash.
Foreign Minister Qureshi offered condolences on the loss of precious lives in Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the measures being taken by Pakistan to contain the virus, with focus on saving lives and securing livelihoods.
The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views about the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed solidarity with Pakistan in its efforts to combat the outbreak.
The two Foreign Ministers agreed to remain in close contact to take forward the important bilateral agenda and close cooperation in various fields.