Pakistan values its ties with Saudi Arab, says President

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said Pakistan values its relations with Saudi Arab and both the countries always supported each other at difficult times.

The president was talking to ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki, who called on him at the Aiwan e Sadr. Other high officials were also present during the meeting, a press release said. He said the sincere relations between the two brotherly states were an example for the world.

He said Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were closely connected with each other on the basis of strong bonds of faith, history and culture.

He said both brotherly countries enjoyed steadfast ties among various sectors of life and stressed upon further cementing of these relations in this regard.

Furthermore President Mamnoon Hussain accorded his approval for grant of financial support to the deserving artists from across the country out of the Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund.

He also directed for making special arrangements for the treatment of the ailing artists under the Prime Minister’s health programme. The ministry of health was directed to take immediate steps after ascertaining the situation. The president was chairing a meeting of the steering committee of the Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, said a press release.

The meeting was attended by secretaries and representatives of the ministries of finance, cabinet division, information and health and members of the steering committee of the Fund.

The meeting considered the applications for extending financial aid and granted its approval. The president also directed the committee not to give its approval for screening of any foreign propaganda movie against Pakistan.

The members of the steering committee of the Fund who attended the meeting included Attaul Haq Qasmi, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Arif Habib, Mustafa Qureshi, Najeebullah Anjum, Shahid Shafiq, Qavi Khan, Salman Alvi, Zaiba Muhammad Ali and other high official.