Imran Khan and his delegation perfrom rituals at the Great Mosque of Makkah. Photo: Twitter
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, performed Umrah in Makkah-ul-Mukarramah early on Friday.
The prime minister’s wife Bushra Bibi accompanied him during the holy rituals. The prime minister also had a rare opportunity to enter the Holy Kaaba as the doors were specially opened for him.
During Umrah, the prime minister prayed for the prosperity and stability of the country.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, received Imran, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Pakistan condemned the sabotage attack on Aramco plants in Biqayq and Khurais, stressing Pakistan's support for the Kingdom in the face of these blatant attacks, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
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.
The meeting also reviewed the close relations between the two countries and the latest regional and international developments.
Earlier during the visit, Imran had met Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Salman and discussed the bilateral ties between the two countries.
In his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, the PM highlighted the Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir following the revocation of the special status of the territory by the Modi-led Indian government.
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"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.
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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