ISLAMABAD - jordan king Abdullah II will visit Pakistan on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain today (February 8).

He will be leading a high-level delegation, including senior officials, said a foreign ministry statement.

During his stay in Islamabad, the king would hold talks with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

“Bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest will be discussed. The visit would provide an opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest, particularly expanding bilateral trade and enhance investments in Pakistan,” said the statement.

It added: “Pakistan and jordan enjoy extremely close and brotherly relations. They share common perceptions on regional and international issues and matters concerning the Muslim Ummah (nation). The visit of His Majesty king Abdullah II is expected to give a new impetus to the existing fraternal bonds between the two brotherly countries.” Meanwhile yesterday, Pakistan denounced the repeated missile attacks on Saudi territory by the Houti militia.

“We are deeply concerned over media reports of a missile attack by Houthi militia towards Khamis Mushait on February 5, 2018. The timely interception by Saudi Air Defence saved the civilian populated city from grave consequences. Such attacks targeting the unarmed civilian population are a violation of international law and condemnable,” said a foreign ministry statement.

These attacks, the statement said: “pose a threat to the security of the Kingdom and the Holy Places. Pakistan reiterates its solidarity with the Government and people of the Saudi Arabia and renews its commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as to protect its Holy Places.”