FM extends gratitude to Saudi Arabia, UAE for warm hospitality


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for extending hospitality during the official visit to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

FM Qureshi, who accompanied Prime Minister Imran Khan during his trip, on his return back home took to Twitter and shared his sentiments in a series of tweets.

The foreign minister, in particular, thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for providing the delegation with an opportunity to enter the Holy Kaaba and Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH).

“I would like to thank Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for honouring us with the opportunity to enter the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) and Holy Kaaba and offer our prayers at Bab-e-Tauba. There could be no greater honour,” he said.

Qureshi said that he was looking forward to meeting his Saudi counterpart at the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session later this month.

“Our relationship has a strong foundation rooted in decades of mutual understanding, support and cooperation. I look forward to picking up on my discussions with Foreign Minister Adel Aljubeir at the UNGA,” he said.

The foreign minister thanked Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Muhamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the traditional Emirati hospitality and said UAE had a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis.

“Not only is the UAE an important trade and investment partner for us, but also has a special place in the hearts of the people of Pakistan and second home to Pakistan Cricket,” he wrote in his tweet.