Kingdom’s strategic ties with Pakistan pressured

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A highway map of collaboration and cooperation to additional strengthen the strategic relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan figured prominently within the talks between Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and protection minister, and Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistani international minister, right here yesterday. The talks have been adopted by one other spherical of consultations between International Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and the visiting Pakistani minister on the International Ministry, yesterday.
In an interview with Arab Information following the talks, Khar mentioned that the talks with Saudi management “targeted primarily on the roadmap and on a variety of bilateral and regional points together with Syria and Afghanistan.”
Khar, carrying a black abaya, spoke very candidly on regional and worldwide topics in addition to giving an summary of the progressively rising Riyadh-Islamabad relations with particular reference to the Pakistan’s presidency of the 15-member UN Safety Council that started yesterday.
The talks with Prince Salman have been attended by a number of high-ranking Saudi and Pakistani officers. Outstanding amongst them have been Prince Mohammed bin Salman, particular advisor and crown prince’s workplace supervisor; Nizar Obaid Madani, minister of state for international affairs; Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer and Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan. Khar conveyed to the crown prince the greetings of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and the Pakistani folks on the restoration and the nice well being of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Referring to the subjects that figured throughout the talks with Crown Prince Salman and Prince Saud, Khar mentioned that “all points bilateral in addition to regional of mutual issues figured throughout our discussions. Saudi Arabia has distinctive place within the Islamic world in addition to on world degree.”
“I’ve intensive discussions on the roadmap that may set out a brand new imaginative and prescient of relationship between the 2 nations,” mentioned the international minister, including that the roadmap was agreed upon throughout the go to of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah to Pakistan a number of months again.
She additional mentioned that each side have agreed that peace and stability inside Afghanistan isn’t solely vital to Pakistan but in addition to your complete area and to the world at giant. She briefed Saudi officers concerning the measures being taken by Pakistan for peace, progress and stability within the area and particularly Pakistan’s position find peaceable settlement of Afghan concern in accordance with the aspirations of the Afghan folks.
Requested about priorities and agenda of Pakistan, which assumed presidency of the UN Safety Council yesterday, the Pakistani international minister mentioned it’s for the primary time that Pakistan has assumed its rotational workplace of the UN Safety Council Presidency throughout the current two-year time period. Throughout Pakistan’s presidency, Pakistani premier and International Minister Khar will attend and chair the classes on peacekeeping and counter-terrorism respectively.
She mentioned that Pakistan, which was elected final 12 months as a non-permanent member of the 15-member UN Safety Council, will launch the UN discussions on peacekeeping, the most important and probably the most outstanding space of labor of the group and one of the crucial vital instruments on the disposal of the Safety Council within the upkeep of worldwide peace and safety. “Many individuals don’t know that Pakistan has contributed to the UN peacekeeping mission”, she famous.
Prior to now 52 years, Pakistan has despatched 144,711 troops to 23 nations and 41 missions. “Many Pakistanis have sacrificed their lives whereas battling to make sure peace and safety in several war-torn nations, particularly in Africa,” mentioned the Pakistani international minister. The truth is, greater than 132 Pakistani peacekeepers had laid down their lives in the reason for worldwide peace throughout the missions. Terrorism, by which Pakistan has additionally been struggling, might be one other main matter to be taken up by UNSC, she added.
On the query of a reported assembly in Islamabad that was convened to debate the potential for granting most favored nation (MFN) standing to India and the shift in Pakistani coverage in direction of New Delhi as reported by a number of media retailers just lately, she mentioned that “the 2 sides have made substantial progress in several areas together with commerce.” “Nonetheless, the Kashmir dispute nonetheless stays the core concern,” mentioned Khar, whereas advocating for the inclusion of Kashmiris within the negotiation course of.
Khar, who will wrap up her two-day go to to Riyadh, will go away for Islamabad right this moment. Prince Saud hosted a lunch for the visiting Pakistani international minister and the accompanying delegation on the International Ministry, right here yesterday.

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