Pakistani president, Saudi king discuss bilateral ties in Riyadh

09:21 PM | 12 Dec, 2018
Pakistani president, Saudi king discuss bilateral ties in Riyadh
RIYADH – Pakistan's President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday called on King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh and discussed matters of mutual interest.

Both sides also discussed trade, investment and economic relations, besides shedding light on the ways of enhancing cooperation in various fields during the meeting held at the Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king welcomed President Alvi in Saudi Arabia, while Alvi expressed his happiness to meet the King.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Minister of State and Cabinet's Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki was present during the meeting.

Acting Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Zeeshan Ahmed and Pakistan's Counsel General in Jeddah were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, who is already in the kingdom for Hajj agreement, met the President in Madina Munawwara today and briefed him about the on-going talks with Saudi authorities relating to the matter.

Alvi welcomed the increase in Hajj quota by five thousand for Pakistani pilgrims by the Saudi government.

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Alvi and Qadri also visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) and offered prayers for Pakistan's progress and prosperity.

President Alvi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night to perform the holy pilgrimage of Umrah. He was welcomed at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport by Prince Saud Bin Khalid Bin Faisal, the deputy governor of the holy city, Pakistani Consul-General Shehryar Akbar Khan, and other officials.