JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a bilateral meeting with his Saudi Counterpart Ibrahim Al Assaf on the sidelines of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Jeddah on Wednesday, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.
Extending a warm welcome to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Saudi foreign minister described the Pakistan-Saudi relationship as both historic and strategic, built on strong foundations.
While agreeing with his counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi underscored the importance Pakistan attaches to this traditionally close and cordial relationship — marked by mutual trust, understanding and support for each other.
Recalling the successful visit of the Saudi Crown Prince His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan earlier this year, the foreign minister termed it as a high point in bilateral relations providing strategic direction to the relationship.
The two foreign ministers discussed a range of subjects including bilateral political exchanges, intensified economic and financial interaction, and follow-up on the release of Pakistani prisoners.
They also exchanged views on recent developments in the region.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi congratulated Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on organizing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit and related meetings and wished a successful outcome.
The foreign minister also thanked the Saudi leadership for their steadfast support to Pakistan on a range of key issues.