2006 News Story

King Abdullah’s visit to Pakistan will bolster ties, says Saudi envoy

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Awadh Asseri said that the upcoming visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to Pakistan, which begins February 1, would bring the two nations even closer.

In an interview with leading Urdu-language newspaper Jang, Asseri said that several agreements would be considered during King Abdullah’s visit. Talks are expected to focus on bilateral and international issues, as well as the implementation of the 10-year strategic action plan to confront the challenges faced by Islamic nations that was approved at the December extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Asseri remarked that there is enormous potential for further trade cooperation between the two countries . There is a vital need for the entrepreneurs and the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries to cooperate in finding new ways to increase the volume of trade between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, he noted.

“Over all, I think, it will be an immensely important visit that will bring the two countries even closer,” the ambassador told Jang.

Pakistani officials told reporters yesterday that the visit is expected to pave the way for cooperation and investment in a variety of fields.