Saudi king pledges all-out support for peace drive
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Saudi king, seeking enduring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, has assured that resolving the current issues facing the war-torn country is the kingdom’s religious duty.
King Salman held out the Saudi commitment to supporting Afghanistan during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Abdullah began his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday at the head of a high-level delegation. In addition to peace and security, Afghan-Pakistan ties and terrorism were also discussed.
Investments in Afghanistan and work permits for Afghan labourers also figured at the meeting, The king pledged extending comprehensive support to Afghanistan in the spheres of education, culture and health.
For his part, the CEO said Afghanistan had been fighting against terrorism for years, and that was why it gained membership of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT).
Although Afghanistanhad rendered sacrifices during the fight against terrorism, but Pakistan still supported the scourge by refusing to cooperate with his country, Abdullah added.
Security and stability in Afghanistan would help create economic opportunities and Saudi Arabian entrepreneurs could avail the chance, the CEO remarked. Abdullah said an agreement should be signed on the converting Pakistani passports issued to Afghans in the Kingdom to Afghani ones.
King Salman said Saudi Arabiahad a religious responsibility to resolve the current issues facing Afghanistan. He added Afghanistan and Afghans had a special place in his heart and, therefore, he wanted durable peace and development inthe country.
He also stressed cordial relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The king fully supported efforts by Afghanistan in its quest for peace and fightagainst terrorism.
He said all his country’s facilities would be put at Afghanistan disposal to help it achieve peace and strengthen the reconciliation process. It was mandatory for the Taliban to lay down their weapons and show readiness for peace, he believed.
The king said he had directed the ministers’ council to change Afghans’ Pakistani passports to Afghan ones and take steps to issue work permits to Afghan labourers.
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