Pakistani Pres. confers highest civilian award to Saudi Crown Prince

ISLAMABAD, President of Pakistan Arif Alvi on Monday conferred upon highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Pakistan” to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman at an impressive investiture ceremony at the President House in Islamabad.

According to state owned Radio Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan; federal ministers, parliamentarians, and services chiefs were also present on the occasion.

According to the citation provided at the President House, Mohammad bin Salman was honored due to his “outstanding support for reinvigorating Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship.” “It is privilege for me to host this banquet,” President Alvi said after presenting the award to the Saudi crown prince.

“Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have been indispensable partners for a very long time. We have been together for centuries. Our friendship is bound in religion and culture.” President Alvi further said, “Even though there is geographical distance between us but we are very close in our hearts. The recent visit of the prime minister and your visit has cemented the friendship between us.” Following the President’s speech, the Saudi crown prince addressed the audience. “I was honored to meet the president of Pakistan. I thank you for honoring me with Pakistan’s highest award.” The visiting dignitary said, “The brotherly relationship between the kingdom and Pakistan focuses on the principle of Islamic solidarity. It is a model to be emulated by other nations. Our [countries’ relationship] go back 67 years that witnessed continuous development that rendered itself beneficial for both countries.” The Crown Prince highlighted, “Our Pakistani brothers participated truthfully and effectively in the great development project that Saudi Arabia witnessed, especially the enlargement project of Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi. More than 2 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and are contributing to the development of both the countries.” “I wish all the best to the president and the prime minister in the service of this country and its people,” he added.

Earlier, President Alvi received the Saudi crown prince upon his arrival at the President House. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry were also present when the Saudi crown prince and the prime minister arrived at the President House.

Source: Kuwait News Agency