Saudi Arabia, Pakistan to continue their bilateral engagement

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday agreed to continue their bilateral engagement in line with the vision set by the leadership of both the countries.

The understanding was reached when the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi met the Saudi Minister for Labor and Social Development Ali bin Nasir Al Ghafis in Riyadh on Wednesday and discussed Pak-Saudi cooperation and further issues related to Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia and future cooperation in this sector, said a press release issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

The Special Assistant thanked the Saudi minister for the warm hospitality and stated that the government of Pakistan was striving to further strengthen its cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in various fields for the benefit of both the peoples.

Tariq Fatemi also appreciated the cooperation of the Saudi government in assisting Pakistani workers in the Kingdom who had been adversely affected because of non-payment of their dues by a few companies.

The Saudi Minister for Labor and Social Development said that the presence of Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia was a sign of the strength of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi minister assured the Special Assistant of his ministry’s readiness to consider other initiatives to enhance the welfare of overseas workers in the Kingdom.

More than 2.5 million Pakistanis work in the Kingdom — the largest group among overseas Pakistanis worldwide, and send the highest amount of remittances back home — almost $6 billion — 32 percent of total remittances Pakistan received in 2016.

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