ISLAMABAD - The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Bin Said Al-Maliki called on Federal Minister of Communications and Postal Services Asad Mahmood at the Ministry of Communications on Wednesday.

Federal Secretary Communications and Chairman National Highway Authority Capt (Retd) Muhammad Khurram Agha alongwith senior officials of the Ministry of Communications and National Highway Authority were also present. On this occasion, the Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Asad Mahmood said, Makkah and Madina are the center of our faith and this sense of devotion cannot be expressed in words.

He said, Saudi Arabia has always played a vital role in stabilizing Pakistan’s economy and the well-being of its people. He added that Saudi Arabia is the largest supplier of petroleum to Pakistan. He also said that remittances amounting to Rs5.8 billion dollar from two Million Pakistani expatriates residing in Saudi Arabia are an important source of foreign exchange for Pakistan. He said that Saudi Arabia has also provided extensive religious and educational assistance to Pakistan, under which it has played an important role in the construction of Mosques and Madrassas across Pakistan, including the Faisal Mosque.

Saudi Arabian role vital to stabilise Pak economy: Asad Mehmood

He also said, under the Pak-Saudi Arabian Supreme Coordination Council, Joint Working Group on Infrastructure and Communications was formed in 2019 to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Asad Mahmood said that it is gratifying that high quality roads and tunnels have been constructed in Pakistan with Saudi Arabian funds. Recommendations have also been made for further cooperation in construction sector, which will be presented to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Nawaf Bin Saeed Al-Maliki said that Pakistan is our second home and Pakistan’s development and security is important for the whole Muslim world. He said that Saudi Arabia is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in all the fields. The scope of economic cooperation between the two countries will be further expanded, he said. The Ambassador also conveyed his special thanks to the Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Asad Mahmood and expressed desire to further strengthen cooperation between two brotherly countries.