Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said Saudi Arabia had become party to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with Chinese assent.
Fawad made the comments while responding to a tweet by former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on whether Chinese approval had been sought in this regard.
Islamabad on Thursday announced that Saudi Arabia was set to join the multi-billion dollar project as a third major partner.
“A high-level delegation led by Saudi energy minister will visit Pakistan during the first week of October for talks,” Chaudhry said. The information minister was part of Imran’s maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The development came just days after China and Pakistan hinted at inviting friendly countries to invest in CPEC, a flagship BRI programme seeking to revive what was once the Silk Road. It is often termed a ‘game changer’.