Saudi Crown Prince to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday

Saudi Crown Prince to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on his first two-day official visit to Pakistan has been delayed by a day.

Earlier, the crown prince was due in Islamabad on Saturday but, according to the Foreign Office, a slight change has been made in his schedule and now he is coming on Sunday.

The arrangements have been finalised in Islamabad for the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to Pakistan.

According to diplomatic sources, more than 1,000 security checkpoints have been established and heavy vehicles have been banned from plying on important roads in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The sources added that some 123 Saudi Arabian Royal Guards will be on duty for the security of Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) during his visit to Islamabad.

According to Saudi Ambassador, the Saudi Crown Prince will arrive in Pakistan on February 17 (Sunday) for a two-day visit.

The Crown Prince will be accompanied by a high-powered delegation including members of the Saudi Royal family, key ministers and leading businessmen. This will be the first state-level visit of the dignitary to Pakistan since his elevation to the position of the Crown Prince in April 2017.

During his visit, the Crown Prince will call on the President Dr Arif Alvi. He will also meet the Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

A delegation of Pakistan's Senate will also call on the Crown Prince to discuss ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

The Saudi ministers accompanying the Crown Prince will meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields. The businessmen of the two countries will also meet to discuss opportunities of collaboration in private sector.

During his stay, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will be signing a number of agreements and MoUs in diverse sectors, including investment, finance, power, renewable energy, internal security, media, culture and sports.

The visit of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is expected to significantly enhance bilateral ties between the two countries in all spheres of cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has decided to strengthen relations with Pakistan and other Asian countries.

The Cabinet authorized the ministers of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources or their deputies to sign memoranda of understanding with the Pakistani side in the fields of developing renewable energy projects, investment in the petrochemical and recycling, and mineral resources sectors.