Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

During their officials talks, the Crown Prince conveyed greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Imran Khan.

"Today we signed MoUs". -AFP Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with MBS.

Prince Salman said Saudi "cannot say no to Pakistan, whatever you (Pakistan) want we will do".

The red carpet rolled out for Prince Mohammed, the first Saudi leader to visit Pakistan in 15 years, has surpassed all foreign state visits in the recent memory.

Pakistan Air Force F-16 and JF-17 aircrafts earlier escorted the Crown Prince's jet as it entered Pakistani airspace and landed at Noor Khan Airbase around 8pm.

While the crown prince gave no reason for the postponement of his visit to Malaysia, it is unlikely money and investment would have been enough to fix Saudi Arabia's problems with the Southeast Asian nation.

- Photo courtesy PTI Official Twitter Prime Minister Imran Khan greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman upon his arrival at Nur Khan Air Base.

Crown prince Mohammed will later travel to neighbouring India amid heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi over this week's suicide auto bombing in India-administered Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitary troops.

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Islamabad is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit - seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding - will boost its struggling economy. Prince Salman arrived in Pakistan on Sunday amid heightened security and arrangements in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Saudi Arabia has sought to strengthen ties with Pakistan with one eye on neighbouring Iran.

The Prime Minister called on Saudi Arabia to be a partner in economic growth and development in Pakistan.

He is staging the visit just five months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul ignited a diplomatic crisis.

"Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false", Al-Shabanah tweeted from a verified account.

Last week the Taliban announced they would attend talks in Islamabad with the USA and Pakistan on Monday that had been due to coincide with the crown prince's visit.

Khashoggi, who had written critically about the prince, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. After denying any knowledge of his death for weeks, Saudi authorities eventually said that he was killed in an operation aimed at forcibly bringing the writer back to the kingdom. At places cultural troupe depicting the regional culture seemed welcoming the Saudi Crown Prince by presenting traditional dance. The Crown Prince and Khan introduced members of their respective delegations, following which the crown prince planted a sapling.

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