RIYADH – Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has said that Saudi Arabia always considered Pakistan as a country which is very dear and close and that Pakistan had special place in the hearts and minds of Saudis.
He was talking to Pakistan’s Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan who is currently serving as assistant secretary general at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The ambassador conveyed Ramazan greetings from President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The crown prince said that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had given direction to further strengthen bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He said that Saudi laws were applicable to all expatriates but Pakistani community enjoyed special place that was why it was always endeavour of the Saudi government to give special treatment to Pakistanis.
With regard to the issue of land for the schools, he said that the matter will be referred to the Council of Ministers for consideration and follow up. Naeem expressed his deep gratitude for warm hospitality extended to him during his tenure as ambassador to the kingdom. He said that he always focused on strengthening fraternal ties between the two and build bridges between the institutions, particularly in the field of defence.
The ambassador requested the crown prince for his support for donation/acquisition of land for Pakistan Community Schools functioning in the kingdom. He also requested for pardoning those Pakistani prisoners during the Holy month of Ramazan who had been detained on minor crimes. Ambassador Naeem assumed his new responsibilities as OIC’s assistant secretary general on July 1, 2014.