ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi held a meeting with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Wednesday.
They discussed matters of mutual interest, including trade, investment and economic relations.
Acting Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Zeeshan Ahmed and Pakistan’s Counsel General in Jeddah were also present during the meeting.
Separately, Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri met President Dr Arif Alvi in Madina Munawara and briefed him about the on-going talks with Saudi Arabian authorities relating to Hajj agreements. The president welcomed additional 5,000 quota for Pakistani pilgrims granted by the Saudi Arabian govt.
Pakistani and Saudi Arabian officials are holding another round of talks in Madina Munawwara today to finalize an agreement about providing more facilities to Pakistani pilgrims in the forthcoming Hajj season.
This should be noted that few days ago Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have signed an agreement to increase quota of Pakistani pilgrims for next year’s Hajj by 5,000.
Under the arrangement, more than 184, 000 pilgrims will perform Hajj from Pakistan next year.
President Alvi reached Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday night to perform Umrah.
The president was welcomed at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport by Prince Saud Bin Khalid Bin Faisal, the deputy governor of the holy city, Pakistani Consul-General Shehryar Akbar Khan, as well as other top officials.