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Joint Statement on visit of Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence to Pakistan

Islamabad, February 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the kind invitation of His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence, paid an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 15-17 Rabie Thani 1435, 15-17 February, 2014.

The warm reception and cordial welcome accorded to His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and his accompanying delegation by His Excellency President Mamnoon Hussain and His Excellency Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and senior officials, embodied the bonds of strong fraternal ties binding the two countries.

The exuberant popular reception also reflected the depth of affection and respect the Pakistani people have for the Kingdom and its people under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. During the visit, His Royal Highness Crown Prince held talks with the President, the Prime Minister and other high level officials.

These meetings were held in very cordial atmosphere signifying the fraternal bonds characterized by deep mutual understanding and cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries and their peoples. There was a keen desire to further strengthen cooperation in various fields for the promotion of the causes of the Muslim Ummah as well as international peace and stability.

The two sides called for taking advantage of the opportunities available in the two brotherly countries for expanding and improving investment, trade, energy, infrastructure development, agriculture and exchange of government’s delegations for mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries.

The two sides decided to continue to work on further fortifying existing political relations between the two countries through regular holding of bilateral consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. The two sides also agreed on the need to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defense.

Both sides acknowledged importance of completing necessary measures for signing of the Agreements and MoUs in different fields including Islamic Affairs and endowments, labour, manpower, sports and an agreement to encourage and protect mutual investment in the two countries.

The two sides reiterated the need for finding of a quick solution of the existing conflict in Syria according to Geneva I Resolution in order to restore peace and security in Syria and prevent bloodshed of the brotherly Syrian people. In this regard both sides called for the following:

– Importance of immediate withdrawal of all foreign armed forces and elements from Syrian territory.

– Lifting siege of the Syrian towns and villages and stopping aerial and artillery bombardment.

– The setting up of safe corridors and regions to deliver food and humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian citizens, under international supervision.

– The formation of transitional governing body with full executive powers enabling it to take charge of the affairs of the country.

On the Palestinian issue, the two sides reaffirmed their consistent stand to support the Palestinian right to arrive at a just solution which leads to establishment of Palestinian State with Al-Quds as its capital.

The two sides reiterated the need for stopping Israeli practices including continuation of building settlements and putting impediments to peace efforts. The two sides emphasized that the peace efforts should be based on Arab peace initiatives and the relevant UN Resolutions.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to fight extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and continue to cooperate in the field of exchange of security related information. They also emphasized the importance of security cooperation to combat the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The Saudi side expressed hope for reaching peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions so that it contributes to the achievement of a permanent peace and stability in the region.

The Saudi side welcomed the positive developments in Indo-Pakistan relations, which would reflect positively in the interest of the two neighbouring countries and stability in the South Asian region.

On the situation in Afghanistan, the two sides expressed their support for Afghan reconciliation by including all sides and components of the Afghan society to arrive at restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan. They underlined support for the political process through holding the elections scheduled for April 2014.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, thanked the government and people of Pakistan for the warm reception and hospitality His Royal Highness and the accompanying delegation has received.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: 051-9205494
Fax: 051-9204202
Cell: 0336-5644459

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