Imran Khan is welcomed by Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Jeddah on Thursday. Twitter photo
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed on Thursday his country's full support to Saudi Arabia following last weekend attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
"Pakistan fully supports the kingdom with all its capacities in confronting these sabotage acts," the state news agency cited him as saying during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Earlier, Imran arrived in Jeddah on his two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, ahead of his trip to the US for the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The premier’s aircraft landed at the royal terminal in Jeddah and he was received by the governor of Makkah, Khalid Bin Faisal Al Saud.
Mohammed Bin Salman holds talks with Imran Khan on Thursday. Twitter photo
Imran will hold discussions with the Saudi leadership over the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) following New Delhi’s illegal and unilateral action of stripping the region of its autonomous status.
The PM is accompanied by the first lady and an 11-member delegation that includes Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
Imran has been in "regular contact" with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the Kashmir issue, Dawn news quoted the Prime Minister Office (PMO) statement as saying.
The Prime Minister has had called the Crown Prince earlier this month to brief him over the situation in the region.
Imran will also bring up the matter in his speech at the UN General Assembly next week.
The leadership of both countries will also discuss ways to strengthen economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, during the visit, the PMO statement added.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed appreciation of Pakistan's position, stressing that the Kingdom is capable of dealing with the effects of this criminal act which aimed at destabilising the security and stability of the region and global energy supplies.
Prime Minister Imran Khan told a foreign TV that his government and the Pakistan army have the most harmonious relationship and noted that in the past, civilian and military leaderships had had a chequered relationship.
Prince Mohammad Bin Salman invited Imran Khan to the Kingdom, as both leaders reaffirmed the resolve to boost bilateral ties. The development came during a telephonic conversation between the crown prince and the prime minister.
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