Inaugural session of Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council held

ISLAMABAD: The inaugural meeting of the Pakistan-Saudi Supreme Coordination Council on Saturday formed a Steering Committee and Joint Working Groups to develop frameworks of cooperation in specific projects and submit recommendations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had a one-on-one meeting with Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the Prime Minister House. The meeting was followed by inaugural session of the Supreme Coordination Council, co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince.

The high-powered Supreme Coordination Council was proposed by Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia in October 2018.[the_ad id=”32940″]The objective to put in place an high level institutional mechanism to fast track decisions in key areas of bilateral cooperation, and for close monitoring of their implementation.

The Coordination Council includes respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Defense Production, Finance, Energy, Petroleum, Water Resources, Information, Culture, Interior, Commerce, Trade and Investment and Human Resources of both countries. The Council will cover areas under three pillars: political and security, economic, social and culture.

Under the Supreme Coordination Council, a Steering Committee and Joint Working Groups have been set up at ministerial and senior officials levels, to develop frameworks of cooperation in specific projects and submit recommendations to the respective ministers.

The functioning of the Supreme Council will be coordinated by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries. The Supreme Council will meet annually, in Riyadh and Islamabad alternately.

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