Saudi Royals Reassure Islamabad, the Eastern Anchor of Their Global Sunni Caliphate

Message from Riyadh: Saud al Faisal due in Islamabad next week

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal will arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit on Monday, January 6, under a scheduled programme.

Prince Saud al Faisal will head a team of more than a dozen Saudi officials.

There is speculation that Riyadh may be sending a message to Islamabad in the wake of the latest developments in the treason case against Pervez Musharraf, who is considered to be close to the Saudi regime.

According to official sources, during his stay, in the federal capital, the Saudi foreign minister will hold in-depth talks with the Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He will hold a special meeting with the Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to discuss bilateral relations and to further expanding Pak-Saudi ties and enhancing cooperation in various fields.

Besides bilateral matters, Saudi foreign minister will also discuss Afghanistan and the regional situation.

His visit is also significant keeping in mind the deadlock on Syria, the situation in Afghanistan and the Iranian nuclear agreement.

The Saudi foreign minister was invited to Islamabad after he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York last year