Saudi crown prince calls on Nawaz


Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz al Saud called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM’s House on Monday.
Both the leaders remained together for some time and discussed matters relating to mutual interests. Nawaz said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have good relations and have similar views on regional as well as international matters. Pakistan supported efforts of Saudi Arabia aimed at strengthening unity among the Islamic countries, he added.
Both the leaders expressed desire to further strengthen cooperation in various fields for the promotion of the causes of the Muslims as well as international peace and stability.
Nawaz said that Pakistan held Saudi Arabia in highest esteem and the relations between the people of both the countries were more than fraternal. He said that Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia served as a bridge between the two countries and played a positive role in the development of Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan’s economy through annual remittances of over $4 billion.
The Saudi crown prince expressed his gratitude for the hospitality shown towards him and his delegation during the visit.
Earlier, both the leaders witnessed the agreements signing ceremony between the two countries that included agreement on export credit facility of $125 million to buy urea from Saudi Arabia Industries Cooperate and agreement of $58 million funding by Saudi Fund for development of Golen Gol hydropower project in Chitral.
Economic Affairs Division Secretary Nargis Sethi and Saudi Fund for Development MD Yousaf Ibrahim Albassam signed the agreements.
Later, Nawaz hosted a dinner to honour the dignitary and his delegation. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were also present.