The two leaders discussed regional situation and bilateral relations with focus on strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries. The prime minister briefed the Saudi King about measures being taken by Pakistan for the peace‚ progress and stability in the region.
He highlighted Pakistan's role in finding a peaceful settlement of Afghan issue in accordance with the aspirations of Afghan people. He said relations with India are improving with the continuation of bilateral dialogue process.
Appreciating the improvement in Pak-India relations King Abdullah said these will be beneficial for the peoples of the two countries.
Later the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf prayed Nimaz e Maghrib and Nawafil in Masjid e Nabvi. He also visited Roza e Rasool (PBUH) and prayed for the solidarity‚ prosperity and development of the country.
He said Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan in its difficult times and stood by it. He said both the countries have common stand on almost all regional and international issues.
Prime Minister Ashraf hoped that Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia will continue to play their vital role in further strenthening relations between the two countries.
He said the government is pursuing the politics of reconciliation in line with the vision of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
He said democracy is getting stronger in Pakistan and for the first time the elected government presented five consecutive budgets.
The Prime Minister said the PPP believes in coming into power through democratic process.
He said it was a credit of their leader Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who brought out the politics from drawing rooms to the doorstep of the people. He said it is his firm belief that without empowering middle class and lower middle class the country cannot make progress and the PPP always represents this class. He said the PPP has been playing a role of a united force to keep the four provinces intact.
Prime Minister Ashraf said the PPP government appointed a consensus candidate as new Chief Election Commissioner.
He urged the expatriates and other Pakistanis living in different countries to bring investment into Pakistan for different projects of power generation to overcome power shortage in the country.
He assured that the government will protect foreign investment in all the fields.
Referring to Salala incident‚ the Prime Minister said that Pakistan did not compromise on its principles and opened the NATO routes in accordance with the recommendations of the Parliament. He said Pakistan wants to be a facilitator in the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.