RIYADH/ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have agreed to remain engaged and consult closely to take forward Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiative to ensure peace and security in the region.
The agreement came during Prime Minister’s separate meetings with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh.
Imran Khan during his meetings with the Saudi Arabian leadership said Pakistan was ready to facilitate efforts for de-escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
He stressed the importance of avoidance of military conflict and constructive engagement of all parties.
The prime minister reaffirmed that Pakistan would always be shoulder-to-shoulder with Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian leadership appreciated serious efforts of PM Imran Khan towards promoting peace and stability in the region and the impact of this initiative on de-escalation of tensions.
During these meetings, Khan also apprised the Saudi Arabian leadership of grave human rights and humanitarian situation in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir including continuous lockdown, curfew and other communication restrictions for 73 days that seriously imperiled peace and security in the region.
The Saudi Arabian leadership reaffirmed its commitment to close ties with Pakistan and reiterated the resolve to deepen bilateral collaboration in all fields including trade, energy, security and defence.
The Saudi Arabian leadership also supported the just cause of Kashmir and reiterated the importance of avoiding escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution of the issue.
PM Khan had reached Saudi Arabia as part of his initiative on peace and security in the region. Earlier, upon his arrival in Riyadh on a day-long visit to Saudi Arabia, he was received and welcomed by Governor Riyadh Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Minister of State and National Security Advisor Dr Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban at Royal terminal of the King Khalid Airport Riyadh.