Islamabad—The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday handed over 200 tons of dates to the government of Pakistan. Saudi Ambassador Abdullah Al Zahrani on behalf of his government handed over the dates to Additional Secretary of Cabinet Secretariat Amir Tariq Zaman here in a simple ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, the envoy said “This is the gift from the government of Saudi Arabia for the Pakistani brethren.” He said the gift was reflective of the fact that both the countries had very close relations.
He said Saudi Arabia had provided 396 metric tons of dates to the World Food Program (WFP) for distribution among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Saudi Arabia, he said, had close brotherly relations with Pakistan and it was working for the well being of the people of Pakistan. The ambassador said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia relations were exemplary.
The additional secretary thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for gifting the dates. He said “Saudi Arabia always stood by Pakistan especially in the times of disasters.”
He said providing dates to the government of Pakistan was the annual feature, adding, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had time tested relations. He expressed the hope that relations between the two countries will further flourish in the coming days.