Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif to attend key summit in Saudi Arabia

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted the invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to attend the upcoming US-Arab and Islamic Summit in Riyadh — capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Palace. (File photo)

Saudi Minister for Information and Culture Dr Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad extended the invitation to the prime minister in a meeting held at the PM House in Islamabad.

The visiting minister is special envoy of the Saudi king to extend invitation on the latter’s behalf.

PM Sharif praised the role of the Saudi leadership in support of regional and global security, stability and peace.

Talking to his Saudi guest, Sharif said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy identical views on most regional and international issues and both were working side-by-side in the service of their common interests and objectives. “Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with the Saudi Arabia,” he told the visiting minister.

The conference will also be attended by US President Donald Trump, who will mark his first visit to the kingdom since he assumed office as the American president in January 2017.

The summit will focus on ways to enhance cooperation between the U.S. and Muslim countries in fight against extremism and terrorism.

Trump will meet with gathering of leaders of the Muslim world to establish “a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries,” he said.

The U.S. president will also travel to Israel and the Vatican later this month, each central to one of the world’s three major monotheistic religions.

The trip is about “making sure the three faiths work together” to combat radicalism, deprive terrorists of funding, and tackle intractable issues like Syria, the continuing Israeli Palestinian conflict, and the interference of Iran throughout the Mideast, one of the officials said according to media reports.

Trump’s visit to the kingdom and his address at the upcoming summit comes as a coalition of 41 Muslim-majority nations works to create a mobile military force to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria and militant threats across northern and western Africa and even in other parts of the region, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The alliance, known informally as the Muslim NATO, is preparing to hold its first major meeting with defense ministers from across the Muslim world to define its structure and mission.

“This alliance is against terrorism, especially to help those countries which are threatened, but don’t have the necessary wherewithal to combat terrorists,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s defense minister, told the Journal.

Pakistan’s former Army Chief Raheel Sharif heads the coalition headquartered in the Saudi capital.

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