Pak-Saudi relations to be transformed into strategic partnership: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Saturday the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government wanted to transform the relations with Saudi Arabia into a strategic partnership.

The minister, in an interview with a Saudi TV channel, said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were enjoying historical relations, which were based on the principals of Islamic solidarity and economic coordination.

He said the Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, which was constructed by Saudi Arabia, showed the depth of bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.

He said the people of Pakistan supported the vision of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.

Saudi philosophy based on Islamic principles of brotherhood and social justice was fast emerging as a leading force of the Islamic world, he said.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were joining hands to devise a joint strategy for future, he added.

The minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan had a vision to transform Pakistan on the pattern of State of Madina. The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had laid the foundation of that society based on tolerance, brotherhood, and justice.

The Saudi Crown Prince also had the vision based on such values, he added.

Fawad said the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia had helped strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries further.

He said full cooperation was being extended to the Saudi Ministry of Information for promoting Islamic brotherhood.

The minister said Pakistan had many picturesque areas and after visiting those many people even forgot the Swiss tourist resorts. The world’s highest snow-capped mountain peaks, oceans and places with natural scenic beauty were located in the country.

The government wanted the Arab nationals to visit Pakistan’s tourist resorts instead of going to Europe, that was why it had eased visa regulations for them. A joint committee had already been constituted for the purpose while a comprehensive memorandum of understanding would be signed during the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince in that regard, he added.

He said the media only reflected the true picture of society. It would portray a positive image if the situation was same. Since relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were positive so the media was also portraying a positive picture, he added. —APP

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