Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan has a deep commitment to the unity of Muslim world, and to the promotion of interfaith harmony and dialogue.
He said this during his interaction with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders gathered in Riyadh for the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit.
The Prime Minister said that being the frontline state, Pakistan has rendered remarkable sacrifices in the global fight against terrorism.
He said choice of Saudi Arabia as the venue for the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit is appropriate, given the reverence and respect that the entire Muslim world has for this land of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
The Prime Minister appreciated the leadership of president trump to make this summit as his first overseas engagement, and said that this initiative is of great symbolic significance.
The rising tide of terrorism and extremism is the most daunting challenge that the world confronts today, the prime minister said unfortunately, Pakistan has been in the forefront of this existential struggle, bearing a disproportionately large burden.
He said tens of thousands of civilians and thousands of security personnel have been martyred, and injured in terrorist attacks, while billions have been lost in terms of economic cost.
The Prime Minister also exchanged views with a number of other leaders including the Emir of Qatar, King of Bahrain, Presidents of Tajikistan and Azerbaijan and Prime Minister of Malaysia.