Pakistan has withdrawn the condition of acquiring visa for Saudi citizens visiting the country, announced federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry.
Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, said that Pakistan would support Saudi Arabia in promoting of culture and has already offered services of Pakistani artists, calligraphers, actors and film directors for enhancing its cultural activities.
Tourism from Arab countries would be important in boosting the economy of Pakistan, he said, adding that the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh was performing its role and would implement the visa policy which would bring more Saudi citizens to Pakistan, increasing people-to-people contacts.
Talking to media, he said that Pakistan would collaborate with the new Culture Ministry of Saudi Arabia and assist it in fostering cultural activities. He also said that Pakistan had a 5000-year old cultural evolution and its institutions of culture were vibrant, the performing arts academies were strong and Pakistan could support Saudi Arabia in this field.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Pakistan and that his words spoken for Pakistan, were unprecedented. The Crown Prince said he was the ambassador of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia which showed the strength of the relationship between the leadership of the two countries.
The minister added that the exchange of dramas with Arabic and Urdu dubbing will take place between the two countries. The Saudi minister had promised to take up the matter of availability of Pakistani dramas and entertainment on the flights of Saudi Airlines.
He said Saudi Culture minister wanted the cooperation of Pakistani cinema owners in setting up cinema halls in Riyadh and Jeddah and that the quality of Pakistani dramas was good and quality of films had also improved and some of them had done good business.
Fawad appreciated the two million strong Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia for its enormous contribution towards the economy of Pakistan as they send home one-fourth of the total remittances.