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Musharraf holds talks with Saudi king

Musharraf's talks with the king Abdullah centered on bilateral and international issues with special focus on the situation in Mid East.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 12:26 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discussed major regional and international developments in an attempt to "devise a strategy to address problems confronting the Muslim world".

Musharraf's talks with the king centered on bilateral, regional and international issues with special focus on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, Arab News said on Monday.

King Abdullah honored the Pakistani president by conferring on him the King Abdul Aziz Medallion. Pakistani Ambassador Shahid Karimullah said that Musharraf also attempted to "devise a strategy to address problems confronting the Muslim world".

Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia averages around $2.5 billion annually, with over $2 billion constituting Pakistan's oil and oil-related imports.

In a sign of strengthening relations, Riyad has given licenses to 20 Pakistani companies to work under Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and several large Saudi companies have invested in projects in Pakistan.

Musharraf later left for Egypt where he will hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak.