Pakistan PM stresses ‘avoiding military conflict’ in Gulf as he concludes Saudi visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed “avoiding of military conflict and pursuing constructive engagement of all parties” as he concluded his talks with the leadership of Saudi Arabia on the current Gulf situation, PM House said Wednesday. The statement issued on the conclusion of Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia said, “the Prime Minister conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to facilitate efforts for de-escalation of tensions and resolution of differences and disputes through peaceful means.” During his day-long visit to the Kingdom, the Pakistani premier held separate meetings with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The visit was part of Imran Khan’s initiative for peace and security in the region. The Prime Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and senior officials. The Saudi leadership appreciated the serious efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan towards promoting peace and stability in the region and the impact of this initiative on the de-escalation of tensions. “The exchange of views in this regard was comprehensive and constructive. Noting the complexity of the issues and recognizing the challenges involved, the two sides agreed to remain engaged and consult closely to take the process forward,” the statement mentioned. During the meetings, the premier underscored that multi-faceted and deep-rooted relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could be further in fields of bilateral trade, energy, investment and people-to-people contacts. The Prime Minister apprised the Saudi leadership of the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir including continuous lockdown, curfew and other communication restrictions for 70 days that had severely impacted the lives of over eight million Kashmiris and seriously imperiled peace and security in the region. The Saudi leadership reaffirmed its commitment to close ties with Pakistan and reiterated the resolve to deepen bilateral collaboration in all fields including trade, energy, security and defense. “The Saudi support on the just cause of Kashmir was reiterated and the importance of avoiding escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution was stressed,” the statement added. Concluding his third visit to Saudi Arabia this year, Imran Khan reaffirmed that Pakistan would always be shoulder-to-shoulder with the Kingdom.  

2019-10-16 | News | English |