Crown Prince holds wide-ranging talks with Imran Khan


JEDDAH - Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, held wide ranging talks with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in Jeddah on Wednesday.

The Crown Prince congratulated Khan on being elected as prime minister of Pakistan. The two leaders discussed ways to further enhance strong bilateral relations in all fields. They also reviewed the latest regional developments.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Naif, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al Asheikh, Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qasabi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Media Awwad Al-Awwad, and other senior civil and military officials as well as the high ranking Pakistani delegation accompanying the prime minister.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir reaffirmed the depth of the Saudi-Pakistani relations, describing them as historical and strategic.

He made the remarks in a statement issued following the official talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Imran Khan at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

The talks and meetings were fruitful and constructive, reflecting the depth of historical and strategic relations between the two countries, he said.

Al-Jubeir said that ways of strengthening and intensifying strategic bilateral relations in all fields were discussed during the meeting.

The talks also figured major regional issues, especially the Palestinian cause, the situation in Yemen, the Iranian interference in the region, the situation in Afghanistan and the means to deal with these challenges.

He stressed that there is a mutual will of the two leaderships to closely and intensively work to support these relations, pushing them toward new horizons.

For his part, the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hailed the depth of Saudi-Pakistan relations and their development in various fields. -- SG/SPA