ISLAMABAD-Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday lauded the efforts of the outgoing Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Ali Awadh Asseri for promoting relations between the two countries in various sectors. The Prime Minister said this during a meeting with the outgoing ambassador who called on him at the Prime Ministers House. Ambassador Asseri during his stay in Pakistan as ambassador of Saudi Arabia turned out to be a true friend and sincere representative of his country that always stood by Pakistan in difficult times. During the catastrophic earthquake of 2005, Ambassador Asseri motivated the government as well as the people of Saudi Arabia to make generous donations for the quake-hit people in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the NWFP. He also visited the areas and took personal interest in establishing a number of rehabilitation centres there. In the meeting the Prime Minister called for close and effective interaction between the Chambers of Commerce of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to facilitate enhanced direct trade between the two countries. He stated that airlines of both the countries would soon start international flights from Sialkot and Multan and be used for the export of sports goods, medical and dental equipment and mangoes respectively to Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister said this while in a meeting with the outgoing Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Ali S Awadh Aseeri who paid a farewell call on him at the PMs House this afternoon. The Prime Minister informed the Ambassador that in the new education policy to be announced soon special emphasis was being placed on setting up the vocational institutions to cater for specific manpower requirements of countries like Saudi Arabia. He invited Saudi private sector to invest in vocational educational institutions in Pakistan. The Prime Minister also informed the Saudi Ambassador that a task force was being formed consisting of all the stakeholder ministries and departments of the government of Pakistan for the formulation of a comprehensive Haj Policy with the view to provide better facilities to Hujjaj. He called for increased quota of Hujjaj for Pakistan from the Saudi government. The Prime Minister asked the Ambassador to convey his profound regards to his Majesty, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and said that he and his government were grateful for his Majestys sincere and kind sentiments for Pakistan. The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for government of Pakistans support in making his stay in Islamabad comfortable and enjoyable. He said that he was returning to his country with sweet memories, which he would always cherish. He said he considers Pakistan as his second home.