Saudi crown prince visit to ‘significantly enhance bilateral ties’: FO

Crown prince will call on the president, prime minister and the army chief during his two-day visit

Our Correspondent February 13, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman will arrive on February 16 and the visit will 'significantly enhance bilateral ties' between the two countries.

"The visit of the Crown Prince is expected to significantly enhance bilateral ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in all spheres of cooperation," the FO statement said.

"At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness, Muhammad bin Salman will visit Pakistan on 16-17 February 2019."

Prince Salman – commonly referred to as MBS – holds important portfolios in the kingdom’s government, including that of the vice president of the Council of Ministers and is also the defense minister.

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Prince Salman will be accompanied by a high-powered delegation including members of the Saudi royal family, key ministers and leading businessmen. This will be first state-level visit of the crown prince to Pakistan since his elevation to the position of the crown prince in April 2017.

During the visit, the crown prince will also call on the president, prime minister and the army chief, added the FO statement.

A delegation of the Senate will also call on Salman to discuss ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

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Saudi ministers accompanying the Crown Prince will also conduct meetings with their Pakistani counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields. On the sidelines of the visit, businessmen of the two countries will also meet to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the private sector.

During his two-day stay, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will be signing a number of agreements and MoUs related to diverse sectors, including investment, finance, power, renewable energy, internal security, media, culture and sports.

"The two countries will also discuss ways and means to develop a robust follow-up mechanism to ensure effective implementation and quick progress on tangible areas of cooperation," said the FO.



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