Saudi Arabia announces more than 100 plans for cash-strapped Pak during Imran visit: the Tribune India


Dubai, May 11

Saudi Arabia announced 118 humanitarian projects worth more than USD 123 million for cash-strapped Pakistan in food security, health, education and water during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day visit, according to a report.

King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSrelief) general supervisor Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah said the aid was announced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KSrelief announced 118 humanitarian projects for Pakistan, at a cost of over USD 123 million, in the areas of food security, health, education, water and environmental sanitation .

He said the kingdom has provided more than $ 1.5 million in medical and preventive aid to fight the pandemic.

Khan’s Special Representative for Middle East Affairs Sheikh Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the visit will push the march of joint cooperation in the right direction to achieve the interests and desired objectives, and will contribute to the development of the, fields of coordination and military, diplomatic, economic, trade, development and cultural cooperation.

Khan met with the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, and discussed developments in the Islamic world, the situation of Muslims in non-member countries of the OIC and OIC agenda issues, especially the fight against Islamophobia.

At the summit meeting between Khan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, improving economic and trade relations and the challenge posed by extremism were discussed.

They confirmed their satisfaction with the firmness of bilateral military and security relations and agreed to further cooperation to achieve common goals between the two countries, SPA reported.

“The two sides also stressed the need for concerted efforts by the Islamic world to confront extremism and violence, reject sectarianism and strive to achieve international peace and security.

“They also underlined the importance of continuing joint efforts to combat the phenomenon of terrorism which is not linked to any religion, race or color, and to confront all its forms and images, whatever the source”, did he declare.

India was mentioned in the joint statement in the context of the recent agreement between Pakistani and Indian military authorities on the Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire, which is based on a 2003 agreement.

“The two sides stressed the importance of the dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries, in particular the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, in order to ensure peace and stability in the region, “he added.

The military from India and Pakistan, in a surprise announcement on February 25, said they had agreed to strictly observe all ceasefire agreements along the line of credit to Jammu and Cashmere and other sectors.

India has told Pakistan that it wants normal neighborly relations with it in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. PTI

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