JEDDAH/ ABU DHABI - Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday termed his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud as great.

In a tweet on Saturday night, he said during the meeting, both the sides reaffirmed their commitment to taking Pakistan-Saudi ties to a new and higher level.

The Prime Minister admired the visionary leadership of the Saudi Crown Prince and thanked him for according a warm welcome to Pakistani delegation and always standing with Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif said we also discussed ways and means to further strengthen Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship in all areas.

Also, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif affirmed his government’s commitment to promote the interests of Muslim Ummah as a corner-stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He was talking to the OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha, who called on him in Makkah Mukarrama on Saturday.

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The Prime Minister thanked the Secretary General for consistent and unequivocal support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the Kashmir cause.

He urged the organisation to lead the diplomatic endeavours towards facilitating a peaceful and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan, as the current Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, is looking forward to playing a proactive role with regard to the matters of interest and concern to the OIC member states.

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PM performs Umrah in Makkah

Shehbaz Sharif invited the OIC to launch a concerted effort to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque and other occupied Palestinian territories. He also underscored the need for provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the OIC should step up its efforts to counter growing Islamophobia at the international level. He invited the OIC secretary general to pay a visit to Pakistan, which was accepted.

The secretary general reaffirmed the OIC’s support for a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

He expressed his resolve to work closely with Pakistan on key issues of concern to the Muslim Ummah, especially Palestine, Afghanistan and Islamophobia.

 

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif performed Umrah in Makkah on Saturday. The doors of Khana Kaaba were especially opened for the Prime Minister and his delegation. On the occasion, the Prime Minister prayed for the peace and progress of Pakistan and the entire Muslim Ummah.

 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday reached Abu Dhabi on a day-long visit of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) late Saturday.

 

UAE Minister for Justice Abdullah bin Sultan Al-Nuaimi received the prime minister and the members of his delegation at the airport. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has left Jeddah for Dubai on a one-day official visit after completing his successful visit to Saudi Arabia.

During his stay in Dubai, the Prime Minister will hold meeting with Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Both the sides will discuss bilateral ties between Pakistan and UAE and other issues of mutual interest.