Gilani on Saudi Arabia tour to deepen ties

Gilani`s visit comes close on the heels of President Asif Ali Zardari`s trip to Saudi Arabia late last month for easing tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2011, 23:19 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday embarked on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral relations, especially economic cooperation, with the top Saudi leadership.

Gilani, whose delegation includes Commerce Minister
Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minister for Industries Chaudhry Pervaiz
Elahi and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, is scheduled to
call on King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz during the trip.

He told the media before his departure that he would
discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral ties with King
Abdullah.

Some of the issues that Gilani is expected to discuss
with the Saudi leadership include an oil facility for
Pakistan, enhancing bilateral trade and matters pertaining to
Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia.

"Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy bilateral relations in
diverse fields and the Pakistani people hold the Saudi nation
in high esteem," he said.

Gilani`s visit comes close on the heels of President
Asif Ali Zardari`s trip to Saudi Arabia late last month for
easing tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

The premier and his entourage are scheduled to perform
"Umrah" in Mecca tonight.

PTI