Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014
Published in Category: Government

Musharraf case: Pakistan’s internal matter, says Saudi FM

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ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia once again made it clear that it has nothing to do with former president Pervez Musharraf high treason case urging it does not want to interfere in internal matters of Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal denied that he brought any message for the Pakistan government about former president Pervez Musharraf.

During a joint press conference here with Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, he was asked about rumours that Saudi Arabia might intervene to secure release of Musharraf, who is currently facing a treason trial. “Musharraf’s trial is internal matter of Pakistan,” Prince Saud said.

The Saudi Foreign Minister pointed out that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic and deep rooted relations and his country does not interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan. He said his country will continue to provide all possible assistance for economic stability in the country. He said designs of those plotting to spoil Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations should be thwarted.

The Saudi Foreign Minister said his country will extend cooperation to Pakistan in energy and other sectors. Saud Al-Faisal said there is need for joint efforts to eradicate the menace of terrorism. He pointed out that the international troops are drawing down from Afghanistan by the end of this year and efforts are required to stop the terrorists from regrouping.

He said that Afghanistan is going through a critical phase, adding cautious approach should be adopted to restore peace in the country especially after withdrawal of the US forces.

Prince Saud said that he brought a special message from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.

Referring to economic cooperation between the two countries, he said that Saudi Arabia is willing extend cooperation in the field of economy, especially the energy sector.

On the issue of Syria‚ the Saudi foreign minister called upon all the groups to sit together to find a peaceful solution of the crisis.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent relations and both the countries in talks today reiterated their desire to further expand these relations for the benefit of the peoples of two countries.

He said the Prime Minister in his interaction informed the visiting dignitary about his government’s plans to enhance growth‚ create job opportunities and reduce poverty for brighter future of Pakistan. He said we will encourage the Saudi investors to invest in different sectors especially energy.

Appreciating Saudi economic assistance‚ Sartaj Aziz said there is mutual desire to further intensify economic interaction.

The advisor said both the countries share similarity of views on international and regional issues. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia stand by each other and share views on peace and stability in the region.