Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir visited Islamabad for talks on Thursday, following last week’s standoff between India and Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi welcomed Al-Jubeir, and expressed gratitude for the Kingdom’s “steadfast support,” and the offer from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to “help resolve” the crisis when the two nuclear-armed nations had appeared to be on the brink of war.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also thanked the crown prince after Saudi Arabia released 2,107 Pakistani prisoners, and increased its annual Hajj quota to 200,000 pilgrims, stating he had “won the hearts of Pakistani people with his generous offer.”
Al-Jubeir noted Khan’s overtures to India to de-escalate tensions along the Kashmiri border and expressed “deep appreciation” for Pakistan’s show of restraint in the face of a grave military situation.
He assured Islamabad of Saudi Arabia’s continued support for finding a peaceful settlement, and also met with Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.