Pak-Saudi relations on the threshold of new era

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is being widely praised for his drastic steps, including the austerity measures he took within one month of coming into power. His first official visit to Saudi Arabia is even more commendable for mending ties that saw a downward trend in recent years due to blunders committed by his predecessors. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Saudi Arabia has been highlighted in the Gulf media as ‘start of a new era’. The major newspapers of the region highlighted the visit on their front pages and as top story on their websites. In his first victory speech, Imran Khan spoke of Saudi Arabia and Iran, two major strategic and political players in the Middle East.

He stated that his government will further improve its relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia, which is an old friend that has always stood by Pakistan in times of crisis. He also expressed his desire to play a conciliatory and peacemaking role in the resolution of conflict that has plagued the region for many years.

Mr Khan arrived in the kingdom and prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, where the doors to the Prophet Muhammad’s final resting place were opened in a sign of respect for the visiting dignitaries. He later met with King Salman as part of his first state visit overseas. During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between the two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments. The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries. Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan.

The announcement comes on the back of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia by new Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the economic front, there are many developments. The first is the official offer to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia to join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Foreign investment in the project will bring stability along with foreign reserves that the country needs at this point in time. This is a decision beneficial for both countries; however, one aspect which needs to be considered is the timeline during which the agreement bears fruit for all the parties involved. Pakistan in terms of developmental projects is

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is being widely praised for his drastic steps, including the austerity measures he took within one month of coming into power. His first official visit to Saudi Arabia is even more commendable for mending ties that saw a downward trend in recent years due to blunders committed by his predecessors. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Saudi Arabia has been highlighted in the Gulf media as ‘start of a new era’. The major newspapers of the region highlighted the visit on their front pages and as top story on their websites. In his first victory speech, Imran Khan spoke of Saudi Arabia and Iran, two major strategic and political players in the Middle East.

He stated that his government will further improve its relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia, which is an old friend that has always stood by Pakistan in times of crisis. He also expressed his desire to play a conciliatory and peacemaking role in the resolution of conflict that has plagued the region for many years.

Mr Khan arrived in the kingdom and prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, where the doors to the Prophet Muhammad’s final resting place were opened in a sign of respect for the visiting dignitaries. He later met with King Salman as part of his first state visit overseas. During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between the two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments. The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries. Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan.

The announcement comes on the back of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia by new Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the economic front, there are many developments. The first is the official offer to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia to join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Foreign investment in the project will bring stability along with foreign reserves that the country needs at this point in time. This is a decision beneficial for both countries; however, one aspect which needs to be considered is the timeline during which the agreement bears fruit for all the parties involved. Pakistan in terms of developmental projects is

 

About Erum Akbar 12 Articles
The author is Executive Editor of Mélange int’l Magazine and Secretary Information at Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR).

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