Qureshi, Saudi FM discuss bilateral, regional matters

FM strongly condemns India’s firing at LoC

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud met here Thursday and discussed issues of bilateral and regional importance.
In a meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FM Qureshi said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed brotherly relationship and were committed to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas.
The Foreign Minister thanked FM Faisal bin Farhan on Saudi Arabia’s support to Pakistan on its stance on Kashmir, the Foreign Office said.
The two sides also held delegation-level talks, joined by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood and other senior officials.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Qureshi received Prince Faisal bin Farhan on his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the first visit of Prince Faisal bin Farhan to Pakistan after he assumed office this October.
Separately, Shah Mehmood Qureshi strongly condemned the indiscriminate firing by Indian security forces at the Line of Control (LoC), saying the attempt aimed to divert attention from the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.
With an objective to marginalize minorities in India, the Citizenship bill has drawn strong protests by the locals, particularly Muslims.
The foreign minister paid tribute to the two Pakistan Army soldiers martyred in Indian ceasefire violations along the LoC in Dewa Sector. He said the nation was proud of the courage and bravery of its armed forces.
Qureshi called upon the international community to take notice of India’s warmongering and racist activism, posing great threat to regional peace.

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