Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif left for three-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday (today) on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
This would be PM Shehbaz’s first visit abroad after assuming the office earlier this month.
In a post on Twitter, the premier said that his visit to Saudi Arabia is aimed at renewing and reaffirming bonds of brotherhood and friendship.
He said he will have wide ranging discussions with the Saudi leadership during the visit.
"Saudi Arabia is one of Pakistan's greatest friends and as Custodian of the two Holy Places, has a special place in our hearts," the premier said.
Today I am embarking on a visit to Saudi Arabia to renew & reaffirm our bonds of brotherhood & friendship. I will have wide-ranging discussions with Saudi leadership. KSA is one of our greatest friends & as Custodian of the Two Holy Places, has a special place in all our hearts.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 28, 2022
The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including key members of the federal cabinet.
During the visit, he 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.
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.
The bilateral relationship is complemented by close mutual collaboration at regional and international fora. Saudi Arabia is a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis, contributing to the progress, prosperity and economic development of the two brotherly countries.
The regular high-level visits are a key feature of this special relationship.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia will impart a strong impetus to deepening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and further reinforce the growing partnership between the two countries.