Pakistan, Saudia enjoy fraternal ties: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations and all Pakistanis have a special place for Saudi Arabia in their hearts.
He expressed these views during his meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, along with a delegation in Makkah.
King Salman had invited the President and his delegation to Iftari at his palace. Both the leaders remained together for some time and discussed matters of mutual and bilateral interest.
The President said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations and all Pakistanis have a special place for Saudi Arabia in their hearts. President Mamnoon appreciated the generosity of the King Salman towards the Muslims visiting the Haramain and his efforts for providing more and better facilities to Umrah and Hajj zaereen.
The two leaders spoke about the situation in South Asia and Middle East.
While in Jeddah, Hussain also met with the president of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and Speaker of the National Assembly of Kuwait, Marzooq bin Ali Al-Ghanim, and discussed matters of mutual interest.
Hussain returned home after performing Umrah and was seen off at the airport by Jeddah Governor Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz.
The president's meeting with the Saudi monarch comes days in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with King Salman during a one-day trip to the Kingdom.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, backed by United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Maldives, cut off all trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of sponsoring terrorism.
The deepening crisis in the region has been touted as the biggest in the Middle East and has led Pakistan, along with countries around the world, into coming up with a suitable strategy to end the conflict.
In its initial response to the crisis, Pakistan had stressed the need for unity in the Muslim world and urged the countries involved to engage in dialogue.
However, there are worries that Pakistan would not be able to maintain its neutrality in the conflict for long.
During their meeting, King Salman told Nawaz that 'the fight against extremism and terrorism is in the interest of all Muslims and the Ummah'.
Sections of the media reported that the monarch urged PM Nawaz to choose sides in the rift and asked him: "Are you with us or with Qatar?"
Pakistan has maintained strong ties with Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the rift has placed the country in a tense position.
Later the President and his delegation left for Pakistan through a commercial flight. 
The President was seen off by the Governor Jeddah, Prince Mashal bin Majid bin Abdul Aziz, Mayor of Jeddah Dr. Hani bin Mohammad Abu Raes and other Saudi officials at the King Abdul Aziz airport Jeddah. - NNI