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International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is pictured with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, International Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on this file picture issued by the International Workplace.

International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday conveyed to Saudi Arabia Pakistan’s understanding of the dominion limiting Hajj to its personal residents this 12 months.

Qureshi expressed the feelings throughout a cellphone name from Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, International Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the International Workplace stated in a press release.

The Saudi overseas minister apprised International Minister Qureshi concerning the “challenges of organising Hajj in 2021 and the policy measures taken by the Kingdom in the larger interest of public health”, stated the assertion.

Qureshi, in response, “conveyed his understanding of the situation and expressed confidence in the decisions taken in public interest” by the dominion.

Throughout the name, each side reaffirmed the long-standing, fraternal ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Qureshi conveyed greatest needs to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

In view of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s latest go to to Saudi Arabia, the 2 overseas ministers “reviewed the outcomes of the successful visit and agreed to work together towards early and effective implementation of decisions taken by the leadership of the two countries”.

Qureshi additionally reaffirmed Pakistan’s assist for sovereignty and territorial integrity of the dominion.

Bilateral cooperation in numerous fields was mentioned, in addition to the 2 nations’ cooperation in multilateral organisations.

Either side additionally exchanged views on international and regional problems with mutual curiosity.

The 2 overseas ministers met twice in Could 2021; first, in the course of the go to of the Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia, after which on the sidelines of the UN Basic Meeting assembly on Palestine in New York.

Saudi Arabia limits Hajj

Saudi Arabia has restricted the variety of pilgrims for Hajj this 12 months and barred overseas travellers from coming to the nation for the pilgrimage over COVID-19 fears.

Solely 60,000 pilgrims will probably be allowed to carry out the annual pilgrimage this 12 months from residents and residents, the Saudi Press Company reported Saturday.

“In light of what the whole world is witnessing from the continuing developments of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of new mutations, Hajj registration will be limited to residents and citizens from inside the Kingdom only,” the Saudi Hajj ministry introduced on Twitter.

Final 12 months, only one,000 individuals residing within the kingdom had been chosen to carry out the pilgrimage.

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