Pakistan desires to further strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia: President
ISLAMABAD, Sept 26 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that Pakistan valued its close and cordial bilateral ties with the brotherly country of Saudi Arabia and wishes to promote their relationship.Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said in a statement that on the eve of National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President said that the edifice of this special relationship between the two countries was based on common faith and cultural affinities and it had further been cemented by the shared aspirations of people.
The President during his visit to the Saudi Arabia’s embassy here to celebrate the 81st National Day of the Kingdom, extended his greetings and best wishes to Khadim Al-Harmain Al-Sharifain, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer received President Asif Zardari at the event.
The President said that Pakistan desired to further strengthen the already existing bilateral cooperation in many areas including trade, commerce, investment, manpower, energy and agriculture to the mutual benefit of the two countries.
The President said, “We in Pakistan regard with great admiration the huge strides that Saudi Arabia has made in all walks of life since the times of King Abdul Aziz. The country’s unprecedented progress is a tribute to the vision and determination of a sagacious leadership.”
The President recalled his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and said that he had been deeply impressed by the sagacity and vision of King Abdullah and his commitment to work for global peace and prosperity.
The President said that he found inspiration in the sentiments of King Abdullah for the Ummah and was particularly grateful for his consistent and strong support for Pakistan and the well-being of its people.
The President noting the presence of sizable 1.5 million Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia, said that the commitment, hard work and contributions of Pakistani community towards the economy of the brotherly country was a matter of great satisfaction.
They serve as a bridge of friendship between the two countries and form yet another strong bond between the two peoples, he added.
The President said, “every difficult moment in our history has witnessed us standing together in mutual support and solidarity.”
He said that Saudi generosity had been exemplary during floods and natural disasters winning the lasting gratitude of the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan has once again suffered widespread devastation caused by heavy rains. Millions of people have seen their homes and livelihoods swept away by cruel torrents, he said anf added, “We are responding to the humanitarian catastrophe and are grateful for the solidarity and support of Saudi Arabia.”
The President thanked the Saudi Ambassador for the invitation to attend the event on a happy occasion and prayed to Allah Almighty for the continued progress and prosperity of the Kingdom and its people.
The President cut a cake to celebrate the occasion.Chairman of Senate Farooq H Naek, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, Interior Minister A Rehman Malik, Information Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, prominent politicians, representatives of Pakistan armed forces, ambassadors and diplomats based in Islamabad attended the function.
Talking to mediamen, Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer said that Saudi Arabia would always stand with Pakistan and work together to achieve further progress and prosperity for their peoples.
Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said the celebration of national day at Saudi Embassy brought the people of two countries together.
She said that the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have great love for each other and their relations are growing with the passage of time.