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Visit of Saudi minister part of routine interaction: FO

04 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday said that Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a two-day visit which is part of a routine interaction between the two brotherly countries.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam in her weekly briefing here at Foreign Office Friday said Saudi Foreign Minister visit was scheduled during Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's meeting with him in New York during the latter's visit to attend United Nations General Assembly session.

The spokesperson said the Saudi Foreign Minister will hold important talks with Pakistani leadership on various bilateral, regional and international issues during his two-day stay. She said similarly UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also in Pakistan on a private visit for hunting.

The spokesperson said the treason case against former military ruler Gen.(retd) Pervez Musharraf is Pakistan's internal matter and external world should have no concerns over it.

Replying to another question, she said Pakistan wanted early resumption of dialogue process with India to resolve all the issues including Kashmir through this dialogue process.

She said a mechanism was already in place for Pak-India dialogue. Aslam said Pakistan will continue to contribute positively to the Afghan peace process. She expressed the hope that 2014 will prove to be the year of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

She expressed the hope that 2014 will prove to be the year of peace and stability in Afghanistan. She said Pakistan would continue its sincere efforts for the success of Afghan reconciliation process and establishing peace in the region. The spokesperson said Pakistan will not change its policy on drone attacks. She said drones were unacceptable, which violate Pakistan's sovereignty and integrity.

Replying to another question, she said Pakistani missions in Chile and Ireland have been closed down under the policy of the government to curtail the expenditures.

She said the prime minister constituted a committee to prepare recommendations for curtailing expenditures of Pakistani mission abroad. She said on a consensus recommendation of the committee, Pakistani missions in Chile and Ireland had been closed besides rationalisation of staff in some other foreign missions.


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