$3b Saudi cash to be deposited in Pakistan soon: envoy

Says Saudis consider Pakistan a 'dear country' with strong ties

APP November 12, 2021
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman receives Prime Minister Imran Khan upon his arrival at Middle East Green Initiative Summit in Riyadh. FILE PHOTO


Saudi Arabia will soon disburse cash deposits to Pakistan under the pledged financial assistance after approval of the Royal Court and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a few days, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malki said on Thursday.

"This will be soon Insha’Allah. There will be the agreement from the Royal Court and the MoU will be signed in a few days for the payment, and also for the deferred oil payment [facility]," the Saudi envoy said in an exclusive interview with APP.

Saudi Arabia had recently announced to provide Pakistan $3 billion as cash deposit with the State Bank to address its balance-of-payments crisis. Also, the kingdom had pledged a one-year deferred payment facility for the import of oil, worth up to another $1.2 billion.

Ambassador Al-Malki said the government of Saudi Arabia considered Pakistan as "a dear country" with a very deep and strong relationship. He said Saudi Arabia always stood with Pakistan and extended support to it on multiple occasions, adding that the relationship with Pakistan was regardless of any government in power.

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"Our connection is with the Pakistani flag and we consider it our brotherly country," he said.

The Saudi ambassador mentioned the camaraderie between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Prime Minister Imran Khan, and expressed confidence that the relationship would strengthen in the future.

In three years, the six visits of PM Imran Khan to the Kingdom reflect the level of relationship, he added.

Ambassador Al-Malki, who in a few months is completing eight years of his stay in Pakistan, said the people of the country were very friendly and deserved a lot of good in their lives.

He said, from JF-17 fighter aircraft to the thousands of factories in Faisalabad, there were a lot of positive things for Pakistan to be proud of. 



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