Saudi Arabia’s Ramadan Gift: High-Quality Dates for Pakistan

In a gesture of goodwill and brotherhood, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has initiated a programme to distribute high-quality dates in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan. The initiative, named “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Gift Programme”, was launched at the Saudi embassy in Islamabad, reflecting the longstanding fraternal relations between the two nations.

The programme, which is set to distribute 10 tonnes of premium dates, equivalent to 30,000 individual gifts, was inaugurated under the directives of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. The implementation of the programme follows the follow-up of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance Sheikh Dr Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh.

Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malkyi, along with religious attache Yahya Sufiani and other officials, were present at the event. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Maliki highlighted that the programme, which will see high-quality dates being distributed in Pakistan and other countries, is a reflection of the goodwill and brotherly relations between the people and governments of the two countries.

This development comes a day after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, popularly known as MBS, reaffirmed the kingdom’s support for Pakistan in a congratulatory phone call with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif following his assumption of the premier’s office. MBS congratulated the premier on his re-election, to which PM Shehbaz expressed his gratitude for the phone call and the warm message of greetings sent by MBS immediately after he assumed office.

PM Shehbaz conveyed his sincerest wishes and prayers for the health and well-being of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, emphasizing the deep love and respect the people of Pakistan have for the Saudi King and the crown prince. He also extended his wishes for a blessed month of Ramadan to the Saudi leadership and people, praying for peace and prosperity for Muslims worldwide during this holy month.

In a further strengthening of ties, PM Shehbaz invited the crown prince to undertake an official visit to Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

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