May 1, 2012

Editorial on KSA-Pakistan relations

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Editorial: “New Depth of Strategic Relations With KSA”
Pakistan Observer Online
Thursday, April 12, 2012 T10:45:56Z

FOR understandable reasons, Pakistan has enjoyed very cordial relations with brotherly country Saudi Arabia ever since its inception in 1947 and credit goes to the successive governments in Pakistan and House of Saud in the Kingdom for bringing the two states closer in different fields. Both countries have always been cooperating in political, economic, commercial, security and religious matters. Frequent visits by leaders of the two countries reflect the warmth, trust and depth of their bilateral relations.

The latest visit by Deputy Foreign Minister of KSA Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has further highlighted the warmth of relations between the two countries. The distinguished visitor had in depth talks with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during which entire gamut of relations came under discussion. The two sides have agreed to strengthen their economic ties and act in unison in the face of regional and international challenges. As attempts are underway to find a way out of Afghan imbroglio, both Islamabad and Riyadh have also agreed to work closely on the issue with a view to promoting peace and stability in war-torn country. The visit of the Saudi Deputy FM assumes significance as it came immediately after visit to Islamabad by Saudi Information Minister and visit to Riyadh by Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. We believe that relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia provide a model for other nations to emulate as they had throughout friction-free ties and shared each other’s joy and grief. Pakistan is especially thankful to the Kingdom for providing it meaningful assistance whenever the country was in dire straits financially. Saudi Arabia has also provided much-needed political and diplomatic support to Pakistan at regional and international forums on issues of interest to Islamabad especially Kashmir. We, however, believe that there is much scope for increasing economic cooperation through joint ventures and creating special economic zones for Saudi investors.

(Description of Source: Islamabad Pakistan Observer Online in English — Website of the pro-military daily with readership of 5,000. Anti-India, supportive of Saudi policies, strong supporter of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile program. Chief Editor Zahid Malik is the author of books on nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan; URL: http://www.pakobserver.net)

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