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PR No. 117 PRIME MINISTER MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF MEETS H.R.H. PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN NAIF BIN ABDULAZIZ AL-SAUD, CROWN PRINCE & DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF SAUDI ARABIA New York: 20 Sept. 2016

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister H.R.H. Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in New York today. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry assisted the Prime Minister during the meeting.

Both leaders expressed satisfaction on the excellent state of bilateral ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which are both important pillars of the Muslim world. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s unequivocal support for protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia against any threat.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif raised the state atrocities in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir during the meeting and said that the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reduced to a jail by the Indian Occupation forces.

Referring to the recent threatening statements from the Indian Government, the Prime Minister said that such statements will put in danger regional peace and stability.

The Prime Minister stressed that the international community needs to realize the gravity of the issue and should play its role to resolve this political issue through dialogue according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with the UNSC resolutions. Kashmiri people must be allowed to decide about their destiny, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister called for the OIC and other Muslim countries to raise their voice for their brothers and sisters in Kashmir Valley, whose fundamental human rights have been desecrated by Indian security personnel through use of brute force.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif shared details with the Saudi Crown Prince of Pakistan’s successful Operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists as well as the National Action Plan which is aimed at eliminating extremism from the country.

There was a need for a collective response by the Muslim world to defeat and eliminate this threat from the region, both the leaders reiterated.

The two sides also exchanged views on the regional situation, particularly peace efforts in Afghanistan, as well as Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif highlighted the need to forge unity and harmony within the Muslim world.

Other issues that were discussed during the meeting included energy cooperation, economic ties, as well as the role of the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia.

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