Jassim Al-Khalidi, Charge’ d’ affaires of Saudi Embassy has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have close brotherly relations, which are deeply rooted in historic and Islamic bonds.

He expressed these views in a ceremony of placement of new carpet (gifted by Saudi Arabia) in Faisal Mosque Campus of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Mohamed and ambassadors from various Islamic countries including Palestine, Oman, former caretaker Federal Minster Feroz jamal shah Kakakhel, Rector IIUI, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, President IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and large number of university staff were also present on the occasion.

Jassim Al-Khalidi said that having a long history of bilateral fraternal relationship, the wellbeing of people of Pakistan carries very special importance for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said that the gifted carpet was an omen of everlasting friendship between both the countries. He assured of every possible cooperation with IIUI for the promotion of education while he also lauded the role of the University for providing quality education to the students of Muslim countries.

Earlier, in his welcoming remarks Dr. Al-Draiweesh thanked Saudi government for the gift of carpet and cooperation with IIUI. “IIUI always strives for providing quality education to students of Muslim Ummah as they are our real asset” President IIU said. He said Mosque has central role in Islamic society which provides a sense of unity among Muslims. He added that Muslims should refrain from extremism and violence and termed sectarianism a root cause of many problems of Muslim Ummah.

It is pertinent to mention that the cost of the gifted carpet is more than 30 million while 30 years back Saudi Government had also gifted the carpet to Faisal Mosque which is now replaced with the new one.