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Saudi intelligence chief visits Pak

January 13, 2009 13:43 IST

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief on Wednesday arrived here for talks with Pakistan's top political leadership for discussions on various issues, including the tension with India in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks [Images].

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who reached Islamabad [Images] this morning, is expected to meet President Asif Ali Zardari [Images] and opposition PML-N chief and former premier Nawaz Sharif [Images]. He will also meet Pakistani intelligence officials.

There was no official word on the visit though TV channels quoted official sources as saying that Prince Muqrin was expected to discuss the tension between India and Pakistan and make efforts for reconciliation between the ruling Pakistan People's Party and the PML-N.

Saudi Arabia has traditionally had very close ties with Pakistan and members of the Saudi royal family have played a key role in brokering political arrangements in the country.

Ties between the PPP and PML-N have reached a new low in recent weeks. The PML-N broke away from the PPP-led ruling coalition in August last year to sit in the opposition.

Prince Muqrin travelled to Pakistan in August last year when the PPP-led government initiated a move to impeach then President Pervez Musharraf [Images] in a bid to find an amicable resolution to the issue. It is believed he played a key role in negotiations that ultimately led to Musharraf's resignation.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal made a visit to India last month in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and called for "collective action" to counter terrorism.

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