Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, left Lahore today after a three-day state visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, during which he held talks with Pakistani President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. On the occasion of the visit, a joint communiqué was issued.
Prior to his departure, Crown Prince Abdullah met today with the Ambassadors of Arab and Islamic countries accredited to Pakistan, whom he briefed on the goals and outcomes of his current world tour of seven countries. He explained his desire to discuss with the leaders of these countries Arab and Islamic issues, and reported that he had found considerable understanding of such issues, including that of the Palestinians and Al-Quds [Jerusalem]. He went on to call for Islamic solidarity, and expressed his pleasure at having been able to visit a number of historic Islamic sites during his tour. The Crown Prince reaffirmed that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are tied with strong and proud relations, and highlighted their economic, commercial, political and cultural exchanges.
Yesterday the Crown Prince and his accompanying delegation were entertained by a festival in their honor held in the famous Shalimar Park in Lahore by the Governor of the Province of Punjab. Addressing the crowd, Crown Prince Abdullah conveyed greetings from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, and declared that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were tied with the bond of Islam, which transcends all other bonds such as race, color, or language. He confirmed that the relations between the two countries were based not only on mutual advantage, which might change, but on Islam, which never changes. He rejected the idea that Shari'ah (Law) cannot adapt to the challenges of the new century, and welcomed the rule of Islamic Law in Pakistan. Referring to his current world tour, which is concluded with his visit to Pakistan, Crown Prince Abdullah reiterated that its aims were to promote not only the Kingdom's interests, but those of the entire Muslim world. He said that he had raised the question of the Palestinian people and Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Israel's attempts to eradicate the religious and cultural identity of the Holy City. He called on all Arab and Muslim countries to coordinate to overcome their differences in this age of globalization and large economic and political blocs. In conclusion, he paid tribute to Pakistan's scientific aspirations and hoped that the trend of prudence, wisdom and moderation in the country would continue in order to realize peace and stability in the region.