PR No. 183 Islamabad: April 21, 2017

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Ambassador designate of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Vice Admiral (R) Khan Hasham, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House this morning.

The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia maintained cordial and brotherly relations marked by commonalities on all issues of mutual interest at regional and international level. The Prime Minister said that the two Muslim states have always stood by each other in testing times and the people of Pakistan have deep emotional attachment with Saudi Arabia being the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The Prime Minister said that our government has focused on improving Hajj facilities and expressed satisfaction over last year’s Hajj arrangements. The Prime Minister directed the Ambassador to personally supervise arrangements for the forthcoming Hajj and to provide maximum facilities to Hujjaj.

The Prime Minister further stated that special attention be given to Pakistani community residing in Saudi Arabia with particular focus on ease of access of the community to consular services. Ambassador should regularly interact with the Pakistani community and promptly resolve their problems, added the PM.

The Prime Minister further said that a significant number of Pakistani workers are earning their livelihood in Saudi Arabia and they should be facilitated in every respect. The Prime Minister also advised the Ambassador to work with utmost dedication for the welfare of Pakistani Diaspora with particular attention to education of their children.

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