ISLAMABAD (APP):Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal and Saudi Minister of Interior, Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef on Monday vowed to further promote economic cooperation for strengthening the existing bonds between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

According to a message received here on Monday, Saudi Interior Minister welcomed Ahsan Iqbal to the Kingdom. He also showed concern over the assassination attempt on Ahsan Iqbal and inquired after his health.

Ahsan Iqbal extended greetings and felicitations from the government and people of Pakistan. He thanked the Saudi Government for the strong expression of condemnation of assassination attempt incident on him. He also thanked the Saudi Interior minister for enquiring about his health while in hospital.

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed the ways of coordinating the bilateral cooperation between the Ministries of Interior of the two countries. Ahsan Iqbal appreciated the amnesty scheme 2017 under which a large number of Pakistani expatriates returned to Pakistan.

Other matters relating to Pakistani community living in Kingdom and those visiting Kingdom including the immigration matters, transfer of prisoners. Umrah and Hajj facilitation were also discussed in the meeting.

The Saudi Minister promised to look into all issues and matters. The Interior Minister was accompanied by Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Saddique, Consul General Shahryar Akbar Khan and Deputy Consul General Shaiq Ahmed Bhutto.