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Pakistan, Saudi FMs exchange views on bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, on the sidelines of the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The two foreign ministers exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as issues of regional and global importance.

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Underscoring the fraternal relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the foreign minister reaffirmed the commitment of Pakistan’s leadership to further advance ongoing cooperation in various areas of mutual importance.

Both sides also agreed to further strengthen their coordination on regional and international matters, and to keep close communication and collaboration in multilateral forums including the OIC, UN, and international financial institutions.

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Expressing satisfaction on the level of cooperation at multilateral fora, the two foreign ministers agreed to remain closely engaged to pursue common objectives.

Noting Saudi Arabia’s candidature to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi extended Pakistan’s unconditional support to the Saudi bid.

The Saudi foreign minister thanked Pakistan for supporting the Kingdom’s bid at the 169th General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), scheduled to be held in December 2023.

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The two foreign ministers reviewed OIC’s importance as a vital platform for the Islamic Ummah and its role in the advancement of common causes of the Muslim World.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud underscored the importance that Saudi Arabia attaches to its fraternal and strategic relationship with Pakistan. He conveyed Saudi Arabia’s appreciation for the role played by Pakistan in the OIC.

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