Saudi counterpart, FM Qureshi discuss challenges in organizing Hajj

The Nation  |  Jun 12, 2021

Foreign Minister (FM) Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on Saturday received a telephone call from Saudi Foreign Minister (FM) Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

During the call, both the leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as challenges of organizing Hajj this year due to pandemic.

The Saudi FM apprised Foreign Minister Qureshi about the challenges of organizing Hajj in 2021 and the policy measures taken by the Kingdom in the larger interest of public health.

FM Qureshi conveyed his understanding of the situation and expressed confidence in the decisions taken in public interest by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

During the call, the two foreign ministers reaffirmed long-standing and fraternal ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

In view of the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministers reviewed the outcomes of the successful visit and agreed to work together towards early and effective implementation of decisions taken by the leadership of the two countries.

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Foreign Minister Qureshi also reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

The two foreign ministers also discussed bilateral cooperation in various fields, as well as the two countries’ cooperation in multilateral organizations. They also exchanged views on global and regional issues of mutual interest.

Commensurate with the close and cordial relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministers of both countries hold frequent consultations on diverse issues.

It is pertinent to be stated here that the two FM met twice in May 2021. During the visit of the PM Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia, and then on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting on Palestine in New York.

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