2006 News Story

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan issue joint communiqué

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan issued a joint communiqué following Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s state visit to Pakistan, which concluded today.

In the communiqué, both nations renewed their commitment to bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, economy and education.

To that end, five agreements were signed: a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations, and accords on the avoidance of double taxation, cooperation in science and technology, technical education and vocational training. The two sides expressed their confidence that these agreements would further cement bilateral relations in the respective areas.

The communiqué also underscored the importance of encouraging the Saudi and Pakistani private sectors to explore opportunities for trade and investment.

On terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan emphasized the need to intensify bilateral, regional and international cooperation to eradicate this palpable threat to humanity. They agreed to enhance cooperation to fight terrorism, as well as other international crimes, such as money laundering, drug trafficking and arms smuggling. They also agreed to press for an early realization of the proposals for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism currently before the UN General Assembly, as well as the establishment of an international counterterrorism center as proposed by King Abdullah.

On the recent Palestinian elections, they urged the acceptance of the results and expressed the hope that Hamas would form a government that would work towards progress in the peace process. Both leaders agreed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved, and emphasized the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative and the Road Map for Peace.

On other international issues, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan agreed on the need to reach a resolution on the issue of Kashmir through negotiations. They expressed their hope that the political process in Iraq would bring about a government capable of assuring the country’s unity, territorial integrity and prosperity without foreign interventions.

The two leaders also expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the Makkah Islamic Summit and reaffirmed their commitment to reform the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Text of joint communiqué