Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Kashmir cause

Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Kashmir cause

ISLAMABAD-Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s traditional support for the Kashmir cause, the Foreign Office said on Monday.

 In a statement issued here following the telephonic conversation between Saudi Foreign Minister and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Foreign Office mentioned the support extended by Saudi Arabia on the issue of Kashmir.

Prince Faisal also attended today the  Emergency Virtual Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, convened on  Pakistan's call.

Foreign Minister Qureshi shared deep concern over the continuing double lockdown as well as the intensification of military crackdown by Indian occupation forces and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory by introducing new domicile law.

The two foreign ministers agreed to remain in close contact to take forward the important bilateral agenda and close cooperation in various fields.

The matters of mutual interest including COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced bilateral cooperation were discussed.

 Qureshi underscored that fraternal ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were deep-rooted and multi-faceted and the strategic relationship between the two countries was growing in myriad dimensions.

 Foreign Minister thanked for condolence messages issued by the King and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia over PIA plane crash.

 Foreign Minister Qureshi offered condolences on the loss of precious lives in Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the measures being taken by Pakistan to contain the virus, with focus on saving lives and securing livelihoods.

The Saudi Foreign Minister expressed solidarity with Pakistan in its efforts to combat the outbreak.