Saudi King Sends 150 Tons of Dates As ‘Gift’ To Pakistanis, Backs Ceasefire in Afghanistan

JUN 21, 2018: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sent a gift of 150 tons of dates to the people of Pakistan.

Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Saeed bin Al-Malkiy handed over the gift to Pakistani officials, Radio Pakistan reported.

The dates would be distributed among deserving people of Pakistan, said Joint Secretary Cabinet Division.

Saudi Arabia backs cease-fire in Afghanistan, suggesting new role in quest for peace

The Kingdom has thrown its weight behind the Afghan government’s attempts to kindle a peace process with the Taliban, reflecting growing international pressure to bring Afghanistan’s long war to a negotiated end.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Saudi government said King Salman supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent ceasefire with the Taliban, the militant group that has continued to pose an existential threat to the Afghan state despite 17 years of international military involvement.

The king said “that the brotherly Afghan people, who suffered a great deal from the war, aspire, along with the rest of the Muslim world, to close the previous chapter and open a new page based on tolerance, reconciliation, rejecting violence . . . and mending fences between brothers.”

He also called for the extension of a truce with the Taliban.

According to The Washington Post, U.S. officials have highlighted the potential for Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, another key Middle Eastern ally, to play a greater part in the quest for Afghan peace.

“The Saudi role is important in the Muslim world to help reach peace and stability in general,” the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, said by phone.

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