RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan remarked on Monday that the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) were “closely” aligned with Pakistan’s climate change initiatives.
Prime Minister Imran Khan made the remarks in a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the MGI Summit in Riyadh.
The PM lauded the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the progress and development of the kingdom. He also appreciated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to transform the socio-economic development of the kingdom.
The premier warmly congratulated the crown prince on successfully organising the summit, adding that it clearly showed the Saudi leadership’s commitment to take tangible steps to tackle climate change.
The PM noted that the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative aligned closely with Pakistan’s climate change initiatives such as the ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ and the ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’. He reiterated Pakistan’s support in the implementation of Saudi initiatives.
The premier reaffirmed Pakistan’s deep fraternal relations with Saudi Arabia and highlighted the significance Islamabad attaches to its strategic ties with the kingdom. He also expressed gratitude to Riyadh for its steadfast support to Islamabad at every crucial juncture.
PM stresses constructive engagement in Afghanistan
The two leaders in the meeting also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan.
The PM urged the need for active and constructive engagement of the international community to help alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people.
He also expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and hoped that the international community would take urgent steps to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse in Afghanistan.
PM Imran meets Bahraini counterpart
Separately, PM Imran Khan also held a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa on the sidelines of the summit.
The two premiers expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the Islamabad and Manama in diverse fields. They discussed a range of bilateral issues and exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan.
PM Imran underlined that Pakistan and Bahrain have historic and deep-rooted fraternal ties. Recalling his visit to Bahrain in December 2019, the PM stressed the importance of regular high-level exchanges to further reinforce the growing momentum in bilateral relations.
While the crown prince underlined that Bahrain deeply valued its relationship with Pakistan and was committed to upgrading it in all dimensions.
In the meeting, PM Imran renewed his invitation to his Bahraini counterpart to visit Pakistan at which the crown prince assured that he would do so at the earliest opportunity.