'Saudi King spoke to Singh, Karzai about Pak'



`Saudi King spoke to Singh, Karzai about Pak` Islamabad: Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai about Pakistan and the two leaders were "positively inclined to live in peace" with the neighbouring country, according to Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Gilani made the remarks while briefing his Cabinet about his visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week and his meetings with the leadership there, including King Abdullah.

"He (King Abdullah) said that he had spoken to the Indian Prime Minister and the Afghanistan President who were positively inclined to live in peace with Pakistan," Gilani told the meeting yesterday.

The Pakistan Prime Minister did not say when the Saudi King had spoken to the Indian and Afghan leaders or give other details.

He quoted the Saudi monarch as saying that "wars do not bring anything" but "economic and moral destruction."

The Premier said he had informed King Abdullah that Pakistan's relations with India "are moving in the right direction."

He also assured the King that "Pakistan wants a free, peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Afghanistan."

Gilani said he was accompanied by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI head Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha during his last visit to Kabul and the officials had held "fruitful discussions" with their Afghan counterparts.

"We have informed all that Pakistan is not a part of the problem but a part of the solution," he said.

King Abdullah was quoted by Gilani as saying that "stability in Pakistan is very important to Saudi Arabia."

The Pakistan government resumed peace talks with India in February after a gap of almost two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

At the same time, the government and the security establishment have been jockeying for a greater role in negotiations with the Taliban as part of efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

PTI