ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday and congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on the kingdom’s 92th National Day.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than 2.5 million Pakistani expatriates and a top source of remittances and oil supply to the South Asian nation.
Last week, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) confirmed it would extend a $3 billion deposit currently placed in the bank’s accounts for one year.
Earlier this week Pakistani interior minister Rana Sanaullah announced the Saudi crown prince would visit Pakistan in November.
“The Prime Minister congratulated His Royal Highness on the occasion of the 92nd National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” a statement from PM office said, conveying felicitations to King Salman and the people of Saudi Arabia. “He [PM Sharif] also conveyed best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the brotherly people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Sharif appreciated the kingdom’s “steadfast support” for Pakistan and apprised the crown prince of progress of ongoing initiatives between the two countries, including economic partnerships, particularly investments and collaboration in the energy sector.
The PM also briefed the crown prince about ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts for floods in Pakistan that have killed nearly 1,600 people since the beginning of the monsoon season in June.
He thanked the kingdom for flood assistance provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Center (KSrelief), setting up an air-bridge to deliver relief goods, and launching the “Sahem” portal in the kingdom to receive donations from the general public for Pakistani flood victims.”
“His Royal Highness assured continued support of the Kingdom for the flood affected people of Pakistan,” the statement said.
Five planes carrying Saudi humanitarian aid have arrived in Pakistan in less than 10 days as the South Asian country reels from record monsoon rains and floods that have affected over 33 million people, rendering them homeless and destroying crops, livestock, roads and bridges.