Minister for Information Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad termed his visit to Pakistan very fruitful during which he met the top civil and military leadership of the country.
Talking to reporters at the Nur Khan Airbase before his departure to Saudi Arabia, he said he had very fruitful and positive discussions with Pakistani dignitaries during his visit.
He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed unique and special relationship. He expressed the hope that his trip to this brotherly country would further strengthen these ties.
He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had agreed to jointly work for progress and prosperity of people. He hoped for strengthening the Pak-Saudi relations during the tenure of the newly elected government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. He thanked Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry for inviting him to visit Pakistan.
Besides Mr Chaudhry, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shafqat Jalil and other high-ranking officials were present at the airbase to see the visiting dignitaries off.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chaudhry said the visit of the Saudi information minister would boost cordial relation between the two Islamic countries.
The Saudi delegation headed by Dr Awwad comprised Adviser to Saudi Information Minister Fahim bin Hamid Al Khalid. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki was also present in the meetings.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, speaking to the Saudi minister, had underscored the strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Expressing satisfaction at the pace of progress in bilateral relations, he called for sustaining the momentum through tangible progress on areas identified for bilateral cooperation.
He invited greater investment by Saudi public and private sectors in petroleum, energy, livestock and agriculture sectors. He also emphasised the need for addressing the current imbalance in bilateral trade between the two countries, which is tilted in favour of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi minister conveyed to Mr Khan the felicitations of Saudi leadership on assuming the office and invited him to visit Saudi Arabia.
Dr Awwad, who had arrived in Islamabad on Friday on a two-day visit, called on President Arif Alvi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, besides having a meeting with Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry.