The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in continuation of its annual traditions on directives Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has gifted 100 tons dates to Pakistan.
A statement issued by the Saudi Embassy on Tuesday stated that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased to provide a quantity of 100 ton dates to its brothers in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the recommendation of the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
During a ceremony held in Royal embassy of KSA in Islamabad, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Bin Said Al-Maliki and Director King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (Ksrelief) Dr. Khalid M. Al-Othmani handed over the consignment to Government of Pakistan to distribute among Pakistani brethren in the Holy month of Ramadan.
The two Muslim countries are resetting their ties after last year’s much-publicized spat culminating with Riyadh’s demand for early repayment of $3 billion loans, meant to put pressure on Islamabad’s foreign exchange reserves.
The feud that started with Pakistan’s closeness with Turkey and Malaysia and open criticism on Saudi Arabia over its passive role in the OIC on the matter of Kashmir led to the clash.
However, tensions between the two countries have since eased with Riyadh withdrawing its threat to withdraw $3 billion dollars of deposits and Pakistan paying back $2 billion dollars loan.
Islamabad and Riyadh have also renewed talks of an Aramco oil refinery and petrochemicals complex in the Pakistani port city of Gwadar.
Pakistan also won the hearts by showing support for Saudi leadership after the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.