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Saudi Prince in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, NOV. 1. The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, arrived here tonight on an unscheduled `short working visit' amid speculation that the U.S. and its allies are engaged in an exercise to end the stalemate in Afghanistan.

The prince, who came as the Special Envoy of the Saudi King, Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, called on the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and delivered a personal message from the King.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal briefed Gen. Musharraf on the recent visit of the British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, to Saudi Arabia, and discussed the evolving situation in the region.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia's support to the General's `courageous and far-sighted decision' to stand by the international community in the war against terrorism. He also conveyed the Saudi support for Pakistan's efforts to bring an early end to the Afghan conflict and facilitate the formation of a broadbased, multi- ethnic post-Taliban government.

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