Pakistan, Saudi Arabia enjoy historic relations: Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistani citizens support the vision of the Saudi crown prince, says information minister


Khalid Mehmood February 16, 2019
Pakistani citizens support the vision of the Saudi crown prince, says information minister. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historic relations, information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday.

“We are tied with Saudi Arabia in economic and social ties, based on Islamic brotherhood,” the federal information minister said in an interview to a Saudi TV channel.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visits to Saudi Arabia have strengthened relations between the two sides, said Fawad.

HE stated that the media highlights the facts, if the situation is positive the media will portray a positive image.

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“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have positive ties, hence positivity is being portrayed in the media,” Fawad said, adding that Pakistan was fully cooperating with Saudi information ministry as well.

“Pakistan has the world’s highest snow peaks, seas and natural beauty,” the minister said, adding that he desired that people of the Arab countries come to Pakistan instead of going to Europe for tourism.

Pakistani citizens support the vision of the Saudi crown prince, the information minister said.

The minister said that the premier wants to build Pakistan on the model of Madinah, and that "a united stance will be adopted by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the future."

750 rooms of 8 Islamabad hotels booked for Saudi crown prince’s visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is all set to visit Pakistan on February 17-18, the Foreign Office confirmed on Friday.

“The visit programme (itinerary) remains unchanged,” the FO statement added.

Earlier, he was expected to arrive on Saturday, February 16.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that preparations had been finalised to give an “unprecedented warm welcome” to the visiting dignitary, who will be received personally by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet members at the Nur Khan Airbase on Sunday.

Prince Mohammad, who is also the deputy prime minister and minister of defence of the kingdom, will be conferred with Nishan-e-Pakistan – the highest civilian award — during his visit to the country.

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