Islamabad: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki has said Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will continue cooperate with the elected political government of Pakistan after the general election – 2018.
“Saudi Arabia has close brotherly ties and has always supported Pakistan at the time of trail. KSA and Pakistan relations are characterized by Muslim brotherhood, fraternity, faith and mutual respect. And the relations between both countries are strengthening day by day. KSA has supported Pakistan’s cause at International level he said this in an exclusive interview with “Online”.
Saudi Ambassador said KSA will continue to its cooperation with elected political government after the general polls 2018. Pakistan is important Muslim populated country and the first Muslim nuclear power as well. The two countries are enjoying brotherly ties for decades, he added. He went on to say that Saudi Arabia has upheld Pakistan stance in international forums. In the recent 45th OIC council of Foreign Ministers meeting held in Dhaka, His country has supported Pakistan on the issue of violations against the fundamental rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoys closest, cordial diplomatic relations based on bonds of common religion and faith, he added.
Responding a question he said that biometric verification system is being introduced to facilitate Pakistanis travelling to Saudi Arabia. And thus it is helping Pakistanis to avoid inconvenience faced at security checking and other checking at Saudi airports. Saudi embassy in Islamabad is issuing 5000 – 7000 Umrah visa on daily bases. And thus they are travelling to Saudi Arab this number may increase during the month of Ramadan, he reiterated.
Answering another question he said a delegation of Saudi investors will soon undertake visit of Pakistan. He underscored the need for boosting investment at private level to further cementing economic ties between the two countries. Saudi business men are interested to invest in Pakistan. According to the statistics provided the trade volume between two countries is 4.5 Billion Dollars in 2016. He said that a high level delegation visited Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other senior leadership. Regarding the tourist visa policy he said Saudi Arabia will announce its tourist visa policy soon.