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PM Shehbaz, Saudi crown prince discuss boosting bilateral, economic ties

Two leaders deliberate upon various issues of mutual interest, stress on job opportunities for Pakistanis

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah and conversed on the ways to deepen bilateral, economic, investment and trade ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The premier is in Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit – his first since he assumed office – along with a delegation. Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Miftah Ismail, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Asif, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mohsin Dawar and Maulana Tahir Ashrafi are included in the government delegation.

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According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, both leaders held wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest, along with global and regional issues. The prime minister also stressed on the creation of job opportunities for Pakistanis.

A report in the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the two leaders deliberated on the brotherly and historical relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The two sides also discussed various regional and international issues and talked on a number of matters of mutual interest.

The prime minister landed in the holy city of Madina on Thursday where he visited Masjid-e-Nabwi and offered prayers. After spending two days in Madina and Jeddah, he arrived in Makkah today.

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During his visit to the holy mosque, the doors of the sacred Kaaba were opened exclusively for PM Shehbaz Sharif and the federal ministers.

Meanwhile, prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said that he had a fruitful meeting with the Saudi Arabian crown prince. In a tweet, he said that both leaders had reaffirmed “to taking Pakistan-Saudi ties to a new & higher level.” PM Shehbaz added that “We also discussed ways & means to further strengthen our bilateral relationship in all areas.”

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