PR No. 109 Islamabad, April 11, 2017

Pakistan’s Ambassador designate to Saudi Arabia, Vice Admiral (retd) Hasham Bin Siddique here Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar.

Minister Dar felicitated Mr. Hasham Bin Siddique on his appointment as Envoy to Saudi Arabia and said it was indeed a great honour to render services for strengthening ties between the two brotherly Islamic countries. He said the two countries shared common Islamic heritage and enjoyed a long history of all round cooperative partnership. He said there was need to have greater focus on elating bilateral economic ties of which trade carried due significance. Finance Minister hoped that as the new Pakistan Envoy to Saudi Arabia, Vice Admiral (retd) Hasham would make utmost endeavours to take Pak-Saudi friendship to a new high.

The Pakistan Ambassador designate said it would be his priority to strive for building up economic cooperation between the two countries and focus on encouraging Saudi investment in various projects in Pakistan. Besides promoting exchanges at political level, he would also especially look to facilitating contacts between members of business and traders community of the two countries which he said was necessary for enhancing economic cooperation.

Finance Minister Dar on the occasion also asked Vice Admiral Hasham to convey the good wishes of the Pakistani leadership to Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain and people of Saudi Arabia after assuming his responsibilities. He also wished all the best to Hasham Bin Siddique in his tenure as Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia