Pakistan proud of its friendship with Saudi Arabia: Asad

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Assad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic friendly relations and Pakistan values high its all-weather friendship with Saudi Arabia.
He said that Pakistan wanted to strengthen the bilateral relations through enhanced cooperation in social and economic sectors between two brotherly countries. He expressed these views while talking to the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saad al-Malki, who met the speaker in Islamabad on Monday.
Appreciating Saudi Arabia role in social economic development of Pakistan, the Speaker said that Saudi Arabia has always provided support for social development in Pakistan and the institutions run in social sector by Saudi Arabia-assistance were playing important role in the
welfare of deprived segments of the society in Pakistan.
He also apprised the Ambassador about the Alamabad welfare town to be established in Alamabad, district Swabi to be established with the cooperation of the Air Force of Pakistan and Social Organizations. He said that Alamabad welfare town would cater food, medical and education facilities besides residence to the orphan, destitute, widows, transgender and other needy people.
The Speaker thanked the Saudi leadership and the people for their warm hospitality during his recent visit to the Saudi Arabia. While recalling his meeting with Khadmain Harmain Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz, he applauded the King of Saudi Arabia’s comments regarding Pakistan’s security and development.
He expressed hope that the recent visit of parliamentary delegation would help further strengthen bilateral relations. He emphasized the need for regular contacts between the legislative bodies of the brotherly countries. He said that the contacts between the parliamentarians can play a vital role in strengthening bilateral social and bilateral relations.
Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saad al-Malki has said that Saudi Arabia also considers Pakistan, a sincere friend and a brother and give immense importance to its brotherly relations with Pakistan. He said the friendship between the two countries is getting stronger with each passing day.
He expressed confidence that the recent visit of the Pakistani parliamentary delegation had opened new avenues of co-operation with Saudi Arabia. He said that the trade committees of the Parliament of both the countries could play an important role in promoting bilateral trade.
He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Saudi Arabia would continue to cooperate in social sector in Pakistan. He appreciated the role of Pakistani immigrant residing in Saudi Arabia for development of his country. – NNI

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