Pak and South Arabian Interior Ministries to Improve Coordination

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Thursday agreed to further improve coordination between the two countries’ interior ministries to address common challenges.

The agreement reached during the meeting held in Jeddah between Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and her Saudi counterpart left, says a statement published here. Earlier, Saudi Deputy Interior Minister Dr. Nasir bin Abdul Aziz Dawood received Rana Sanaullah upon his arrival at the ministry, he added. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Aamir Khurram Rathore and Consul General Khalid Majeed were also present at the meeting.

Issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, were discussed at the meeting. The Minister of Interior congratulated his counterpart for making the best arrangements for Haj 2022. The Minister congratulated and thanked the Saudi government for the successful implementation of the Road to Makkah project for Pakistani pilgrims.

He stressed the need to improve communication between the interior ministries of the two countries. Security cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will be further enhanced, he added.

He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will jointly face all internal and regional security challenges. Paks-Saudi relations are historic, long-standing and brotherly, he added. Sanaullah said the people of Pakistan have special devotion and love for the custodian of two holy mosques. Saudi Arabia has always provided generous aid and assistance to Pakistan in the most difficult situations, he added. He said more than 80,000 Pakistani Hujaj have performed Haj this year and availed themselves of the Road to Makkah facility.

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