ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday said that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent relations which are deep rooted in common faith and culture.

She stated this during a meeting with Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani, who called on her.

She said that Pakistan considers Saudi Arabia a strategic partner because it has not only supported Pakistan on matters of strategic interest but also gave generous economic and financial assistance at times of crisis.

She said that a number of monuments ranging from Faisal Mosque to the establishment of International Islamic University in Islamabad bear a testimony to the depth of our bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, cooperation in the field of media, information and matters of mutual of interest came under discussion. Both emphasised the need to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices.

The Saudi Arabian Ambassador assured the Minister of his cooperation in areas mutually beneficial to both the countries.

Both reiterated their resolve to further enhance bilateral relationship for the mutual benefit of the people of both the countries.