PM Shehbaz to leave for three-day Saudi Arabia visit today

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia on a three-day official visit.

The prime minister is embarking on his first visit abroad after assuming the office earlier this month on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including key members of the federal cabinet.

During the visit, the prime minister will have bilateral interaction with the Saudi leadership with particular focus on advancing economic, trade and investment ties and creation of greater opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Saudi Arabia.

The two sides will also exchange views on a range of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are bound by fraternal relationship marked by mutual trust and understanding, close cooperation and an abiding tradition of supporting each other. “The people of Pakistan hold the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the highest esteem,” he said.

The spokesperson said that the prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will further reinforce the growing partnership between the two countries.

The spokesperson said that bilateral relationship is complemented by close mutual collaboration at regional and international fora.

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