Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has left for Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit at the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
This is PM Shehbaz’s first foreign trip after taking the charge of the office. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Narcotics Control Minister Shahzain Bugti, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif are part of the delegation accompanying the premier.
Federal minister Chaudhry Salik Hussain and MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui are also joining PM Shehbaz on the official visit.
Before his departure, PM Shehbaz said in a tweet that he would have a wide range of discussions with the leader of Saudi Arabia while calling the country the greatest friend of Pakistan.
“This reflects the high importance that Pakistan attaches to its special relationship with Saudi Arabia, which is historic in nature and strategic significance,” he said, thanking the crown prince for the “gracious” invite.
“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are bound by deep-rooted and fraternal ties which are built on a solid foundation of mutual trust and support,” he said.
While speaking in a video message before departing he said, “I look forward to my interaction with the Saudi leadership to review our multi-faceted bilateral cooperation and to take this special relationship to unknown heights.”
It is important to mention here that Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan is also meeting the crown prince at his invitation at the same time as Shehbaz Sharif.
Nothing yet has come about PM Shehbaz’s meeting with Turkey’s president.