Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday on the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for a three-day visit. He was received at the airport by the King himself, and was presented with a guard of honour.
This is the premier’s first official visit to the Kingdom since King Salman bin Abdul Aziz assumed the throne. During his three-day visit, PM Nawaz will also perform Umrah and visit the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in addition to meeting members of the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia. The premier is accompanied by a high-level delegation which includes Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi.
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In his pre-departure statement, the PM had said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries which are tied in bonds of shared faith and values. He added that the relationship between the two countries has grown stronger with the passage of time.
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The last time PM Nawaz met King Salman bin Abdul Aziz was when he was still the crown prince and discussed bilateral relations, situation in the Middle East and issues facing the Muslim world. The premier took has taken the then crown prince into confidence about measures being taken to tackle terrorism and militancy in Pakistan and discussed trade and economic ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.