ISLAMABAD    -    President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan and Saudi Ara­bia enjoyed long-stand­ing fraternal ties rooted firmly in the common re­ligion, shared values and culture and have stood by each other through thick and thin regard­less of the changes in leadership. He stated that the people and the Government of Pakistan deeply appreciate sup­port provided by Saudi Arabia during difficult times especially the help provided by it during the recent catastrophic cli­mate change-induced su­per floods in the country. The President expressed these views while talk­ing to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Mr Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmad Al Mali­kiy, who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, yesterday. The President said that Pakistan and Saudi Ara­bia had enjoyed close po­litical ties over the years, however, both countries needed to take meaning­ful and effective steps to significantly increase the existing bilateral trade volume of US$ 4.6 bil­lion in the year 2021-22 as it did not fully reflect the depth of bilateral re­lations between the two brotherly countries. The President appreciated the role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Organization of Is­lamic Cooperation (OIC) to highlight the issues of Palestine and Kashmir as well as the matters relat­ed to Afghanistan. While highlighting the colos­sal loss of lives, livestock and infrastructure, the President said that the devastating floods had affected more than 33 million people all across Pakistan, killed more than 1500 people, over 1 million livestock were lost, and damage to the economy was estimated around US$ 30 billion. The President also high­lighted the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and ex­pressed the hope that the international community would play its due role in ending these violations and urging India to agree to a peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dis­pute in the light of various United Nations Security Council resolutions.