Crown prince Salman to visit Pakistan, likely to mark trade deals: Saudi envoy Nawaf

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Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman will be on a two-day official visit to Pakistan on Saturday (February 16), Nawaf bin Said Al-Maliki, Saudi Arabia envoy to Islamabad, said on Monday.

According to news reported by ANI, a large delegation from Saudi Arabia which consists of the former’s security team has already arrived in Islamabad on Monday in order to review security arrangements in Pakistan ahead of the crown prince’s visit in the nation.

According to the sources reports, “A team of doctors and a delegation of Saudi media persons who will cover Mohammed bin Salman’s tour have also reached Islamabad.”

The visit of Mohammed bin Salman comes amid reports that the country (Saudi Arabia) will be signing an agreement with Islamabad on oil refinery project, in the port city of Gwadar, which is worth of USD 10 billion.

Gwadar is a port city in Pakistan which is located in the southwestern region of Balochistan, featuring Pakistan-China project “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” (CPEC) project under which Saudi Arabia was desperately seeking to become one of the major strategic stakeholders.

Besides finalizing the pact, the Saudi crown prince was further expected to hold talks over bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and several issues aiming over the ongoing crisis in the Afghan peace process and Yemen war.

Sources said Saudi Arabia was also expected to mark a trade deal with Islamabad which worth USD 14 billion, further marking the biggest-ever pact signed in Pakistan’s history.


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