Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that Pakistan greatly values its ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which draw its strength from religious affinities, historic bonds and mutual respect.

Talking to Imam-e-Ka’aba, Al-Sheikh Dr Saleh bin Muhammad bin Talib at PM Office, the prime minister said that the people of Pakistan had great respect for him and consider his visit as a matter of honour.

The premier said, the visit of Imam-e-Ka’aba would further strengthen the existing close and brotherly ties between the people of the two countries.

The Imam-e-Ka’aba thanked Abbasi and the government for a warm welcome and observed that the entire Muslim world considered Pakistan as its strength and takes pride in its accomplishments.

Discussing regional situation and the challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah, Imam-e-Ka’aba appreciated the efforts of Pakistan for promoting peace in the region.

He appreciated the efforts and the steps taken by the government towards overcoming the menace of terrorism and expressed his best wishes for the government and the people of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister conveyed warm wishes on behalf of the people of Pakistan, for Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi government and the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.

The Imam-e-Ka’aba was accompanied by Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliky and other Saudi dignitaries. Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Senator Professor Sajid Mir and senior officials were also present during the meeting.