RIYADH – Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on the last day of his visit to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Atmar conveyed good wishes of H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia and said that the President of Afghanistan has the vision to open a new chapter in political and economic cooperation with Saudi Arabia while appreciating the current comprehensive cooperation.
Foreign Minister Atmar spoke in detail about the peace process, and highlighted extremism and terrorism threatening peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, the region, and the Islamic world.
The Saudi Foreign Minister said that “terrorism and extremism are common threat that requires joint action”.
Prince Faisal called attention to the role of the Islamic world’s scholars in ending bloodshed and finding a political solution to the Afghanistan conflict. The Saudi Foreign Minister said that his government is ready to take an active part in resolving differences between Afghans and strengthening the global consensus for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The two sides held comprehensive talks on expanding bilateral cooperation in the political, security, economic, and development sectors. The Saudi Foreign Minister welcomed the agreements reached between the Afghan Foreign Minister and the officials of the various sectors of the Saudi government and declared his readiness to cooperate to achieve the decisions and goals agreed between the two countries.
Minister Atmar and his accompanying delegation attended a special banquet hosted by the Saudi Foreign Ministry and concluded by thanking the gracious hospitality of the Saudi officials.