Saudi Arabia is worried about the current situation in Pakistan and wants its political leadership to unite against extremism, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal said Sunday.
‘Pakistan is a friendly country. Therefore, any time one sees a dangerous trend in a friendly country, one is not only sorry but worried,’ the Saudi minister said after a nearly hour-long meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He told the Indian media that Saudi Arabia believed it was the duty of the political leaders of Pakistan to unite and see that extremism did not find its way again into the country.
‘This can only happen by a united political leadership in Pakistan and we hope that this work will be achieved,’ he said.
Asked about Saudi Arabia’s position vis-a-vis the Al Qaeda-Taliban ties, the Saudi minister said his country had no relations with the Taliban, whose regime it once recognized.


As you know, there is no relation between Saudi Arabia and Taliban. The relation deteriorated between the two sides because Taliban gave sanctuary to Al Qaeda,’ he said.
‘And since that time until today, there has been no relationship between Taliban and Saudi Arabia. That indicates what seriousness we give to that issue.’
The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is on an official visit to the Saudi Kingdom. It is the first such visit by an Indian PM since 1982.
According to reports, India could seek Saudi support in persuading Islamabad to act against militant groups.
India’s Junior Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday that the move did not mean Delhi was looking for Saudi mediation.
In 2006, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz visited India. Relations between the two countries have moved manifold since then.