Saudi Arabia was amongst the countries which recognized Pakistan soon after its independence in 1947 and Diplomatic relations were established a month later, in September 1947. However, the affiliation between the two sides existed much before the independence of Pakistan. A synopsis of initial relations between the two countries is as follows:
Crown Prince HRH Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited Karachi and met with leaders of All India Muslim League. The Crown Prince was accompanied by a large number of delegation members, including his five brothers, Faisal, Saad, Fahad, Mansoor and Abdullah.
HM King AbdulAziz Al-Saud, the founder King, made a personal donation of £10,000/- to the Muslim League Bengal Relief Fund which was opened by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for rehabilitation of sufferers of the great famine in Bengal.
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah sent Sir Feroz Khan Noon as his special envoy to Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world to introduce Pakistan and explain the reasons for its creation.
A Treaty of Friendship was signed between the two countries laying the basis of bilateral cooperation.
Governor General Ghulam Muhammad was first Pakistani Head of State to visit Saudi Arabia. A banquet was hosted by HM King Abdulaziz Al-Saud in his honour.
HM King Saud visited Karachi – the then Capital of Pakistan – and laid the foundation of a housing scheme, Saudabad Town, after the name of the visiting dignitary.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal bond marked by shared faith, historical relations, common cultural values and Islamic solidarity.
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