JEDDAH- King Abdullah has assured that Saudi Arabia would always standby Pakistan while underlining the historical nature of close bonds between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia which dated back to the days of

The Saudi King said this while warmly receiving Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his palace in Jeddah Thursday evening. Prime Minister was accompanied by Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar.

On this occasion entire senior Saudi leadership and key aides of the Saudi King including Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqran bin Abdul Aziz, Secretary General of National Security Council Prince
Bandar bin Sultan, Intelligence Chief Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Minister for National Guards Prince Mitab bin Abdullah and Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah were also present in this hour-long meeting.

The King conveyed his personal sentiments and prayers for a strong, prosperous and peaceful Pakistan under the leadership of his brother Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He further assured that Saudi Arabia would always stand by Pakistan .

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed his sincere gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him during his visit to Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister highlighted the special nature of brotherly ties between the two countries and emphasized that his government attached great
importance to further strengthening these ties.

The two leaders also discussed the challenges being faced by the Islamic Ummah and called for unity and solidarity in these critical times.