1998 Public Statement

Joint Saudi-Pakistani statement on Crown Prince's visit
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan today issued a joint communiqué on the occasion of the three-day state visit of Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard.

The communiqué stated that the warm welcome received by the Crown Prince and his accompanying delegation to the historic city of Lahore reflects the love and respect the Pakistani people and their government have for Crown Prince Abdullah in his capacity both as a distinguished Muslim leader and courageous, noble-minded friend who has come from the cradle of Islam.  Moreover, the warm welcome embodies the inalienable link that exists between the Kingdom and Pakistan.
The communiqué stated that the Crown Prince's talks with Pakistani officials, covering issues pertaining to a number of regional and international topics as well as bilateral relations, had been held in a fraternal atmosphere characterized by mutual confidence and congruity of viewpoint.  The two sides expressed satisfaction at the enhancement of bilateral relations in the various spheres, and reiterated their determination to continue enhancing relations in the economic and technological spheres in a manner that conforms with the distinguished relations that exist at the political level. They agreed on restoration of the joint ministerial commission for broadening the scope of cooperation in commerce and investment, and further agreed to encourage the private sector in the two countries to seize the commercial and investment opportunities that are available.  In this respect the two sides have decided to establish a joint Saudi-Pakistani business council.

The two sides recalled that the existing fraternal Saudi-Pakistani cooperation is based on the deep-rooted pillars of Islam that link the two countries. These constitute a source of power to the Muslim world and are viewed as an important element for enhancing the pillars of peace.  The two sides noted that Islamic solidarity based on mutual respect and mutual interest is to the benefit of all Muslim countries and would moreover play a significant role as regard to enhancing the pillars of global peace and progress.  The two sides confirmed their determination to work for the unification of the Muslim world and to enhance their stance at international forums including the Organization of the Islamic Conference. 
The two sides underscored the importance of realizing a just, durable and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on the Madrid peace conference, the land-for-peace principle and the UN Security Council resolutions, confirmed the right of the Palestinians to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and urged Israel to cease taking unilateral measures that might affect the outcome of the final status negotiations. Welcoming the recent Palestinian-Israeli agreement and praising the efforts exerted by U.S. President Bill Clinton in this regard, they hoped that the agreement would pave the way to restore the peace process to its proper track.  The two sides called on the international community to play an effective role in obliging Israel to honor its commitments. They also called for resumption of talks on the Syrian-Israeli track and the immediate implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 425 pertaining to southern Lebanon.
The two sides voiced support for designating the Middle East a region free of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear arms, and reiterated the importance of exerting further efforts to enhance the pillars of peace and security in the Gulf Region in line with the UN Charter and the principle of respecting each state's sovereignty and integrity.  The communiqué called for resumption of cooperation between Iraq and the United Nations Special Committee in line with Security Council Resolution 1194. The two sides reiterated that the best means for easing the sufferings of the Iraqi people is compliance with UN resolutions.   They also underlined the importance of preserving Iraq's sovereignty, independence and unity.
The two sides noted that to enhance the pillars of security and peace in South Asia requires refraining from force for the settlement of disputes, in particular those over Kashmir and Jammu, and confirmed the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination   They called for restoration of a lasting peace in Afghanistan in a manner that preserves its independence, sovereignty and unity;  and in this respect they spelled out support for the ongoing efforts of the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to settle the Afghani problem. Meanwhile, the two sides expressed anxiety over the existing tension along the Iranian-Afghani borders and hoped that these fraternal Muslim countries would take the necessary steps to ease this tension. 
The communiqué deplored all forms of terrorism irrespective of religion, race and nationality, reiterating that the effective manner for combating terrorism is an international effort that agrees on and conforms to the UN Charter.