Pak confers highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince

Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2019

According to Advisor to PM on Trade, Razzak Dawood, agreements worth between United States dollars 10-15 billion will be signed, including one about Saudi investment to build an oil refinery.

Saudi ambassador in New Delhi said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to India is a "historic opportunity" to expand collaboration in all sectors, according to Indian media outlets.

Under Prince Salman's leadership, Saudi Arabia is at the cusp of path-breaking transformation, he said.

A preferential trade agreement and easing of procedures for business visas for Pakistanis will be proposed to Saudi Arabia as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision for carrying out economic reforms.

"Economy can not sustain without energy", he said, adding that the visit of the crown prince would take the bilateral relations to the new heights.

According to Tasnim dispatches, the demonstrators said the first objective behind bin Salman's visit is to undermine the territorial integrity and independence of Pakistan.

"The MOUs reflected the enhanced relationsip but what I feel is that this is just a beginning", Prime Minister Imran Khan told his guest.

Fighter jets escorted the prince's plane across Pakistani airspace and television stations devoted hours of live coverage to the royal motorcade and ceremony, where officials signed memoranda of understanding in energy, minerals and agriculture valued at about $20 billion.

Besides holding talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Saudi Crown Prince will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during his two-day visit.

"Pakistan will always stand with Saudi Arabia whenever it faces a threat in any form to its security and sovereignty".

Asian countries, he added, "have an important special characteristic - that is, we don't interfere in the internal affairs of other countries".

The last time a Saudi royal paid a visit to Pakistan was 2006, when then Saudi ruler King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz travelled to the nuclear-armed nation.

Pakistan's Foreign Office and Saudi Arabia's government did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

A high-power delegation comprising key Ministers and some prominent businesspersons, besides members of the royal family, are coming with the Crown Prince.

Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as "MBS", is expected to land in the capital Islamabad and stay in Pakistan until Monday.

Saudi Arabia had strongly condemned and the attack.