Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif met Pakistani counterpart, Sheikh Rashid, after arriving in Islamabad on Monday for a day-long visit.
According to Radio Pakistan, the two ministers discussed issues of mutual interest, including the regional security situation.
“The two ministers emphasised on strengthening ties between the Ministries of Interior of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. They said better liaison between ministries is needed to address various issues, including security challenges,” the report said.
Rashid said that Pakistan valued its relations with Saudi Arabia as they were based on mutual trust and Islamic brotherhood.
He said that the two million Pakistanis working in the kingdom were a precious asset and thanked the Saudi government for taking excellent care of them.
The Saudi minister arrived in Islamabad earlier today. Naif, who is accompanied by a delegation, was received by his Pakistani counterpart, Sheikh Rashid, at the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Rashid said in a tweet.
Interior secretary Yousaf Naseem and other senior officials were also present on the occasion, APP reported.
According to state-run Radio Pakistan, the Saudi minister is visiting Pakistan on Rashid’s invitation and will hold meetings with him, as well as Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi.
“Regional situation, release of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia and other matters of mutual interest will be discussed during the visit,” the Radio Pakistan report said.
Speaking about the visit during a press conference in Islamabad a day ago, Rashid had said that Pakistan had a deep, cordial and brotherly relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The interior ministers of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, etc., were also being invited to visit Pakistan, he had added.
In this connection, he had further stated that the government was making all-out efforts for the return of Pakistani prisoners languishing in jails abroad.