PM Imran to visit Saudi Arabia for MGI Summit

PM Imran to share his perspective on challenges faced by developing countries due to climate change

Our Correspondent October 22, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. PHOTO: FILE


Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia from October 23-25 at the invitation of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Friday. 

The premier will attend the launch ceremony of the 'Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit' being held in Riyadh.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other members of the cabinet.

The ministry stated that at the MGI Summit, PM Imran will share his perspective on the challenges faced by developing countries due to climate change. He will also highlight Pakistan’s experience of launching nature-based solutions to address environmental challenges.

The MGI Summit is being held at the initiative of Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and is the first of its kind in the Middle East region. It may be recalled that the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives were launched by the prince in March 2021 and aimed at protecting the nature and planet.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed these two initiatives and offered to share experiences and lessons from Pakistan’s 'Clean and Green Pakistan' and Prime Minister’s '10 billion Tree Tsunami'", the statement added.

According to the foreign ministry, PM Imran will also have bilateral interaction with Saudi leadership, with a particular focus on advancing economic and trade relations; creating more opportunities for the Pakistani workforce; and the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora in the kingdom.

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Additionally, the two sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

During the visit, Imran will also participate in an event on the promotion of investment in Pakistan and interact with leading investors and businessmen from Saudi Arabia and Pakistani diaspora in the country.

The ministry’s statement maintained that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history, and mutual support. Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis, contributing towards the progress and prosperity of both countries.

“The relationship is marked by frequent high-level visits, close cooperation in all fields, and mutual collaboration on regional and international issues, including at the Organisation of Islamic Countries Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

The visit of the premier will carry forward the positive momentum of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.


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