Imran, MBS agree to enhance bilateral ties


–Both leaders resolve to expedite decisions taken during first meeting of Supreme Coordination Council

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday agreed to expedite decisions taken during the visit of the crown prince to Pakistan in February this year, in particular, the early implementation of decisions taken during the first meeting of the Supreme Coordination Council.

Both leaders met on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

According to the details, the two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest during their meeting in Makkah and took stock of the current state of bilateral, political, economic and trade relations.

The prime minister thanked the Saudi government for extending oil facility to Pakistan on deferred payments. Both sides agreed to regularly exchange views on all issues of mutual interest.

MBS had visited Pakistan in Feb this year. The prime minister at his visit had driven MBS to the PM House in Islamabad, putting diplomatic protocol aside.

During the visit, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements in diverse fields, including energy, power, petrochemical, mineral resources and sports, to further enhance their cooperation.


Imran also met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the sidelines of the summit.

The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest, and the issues being faced by the Muslim world.

They also exchanged views on the regional security situation and emphasised the need to exercise caution and resolve issues peacefully.

Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the fact that Pakistan and Egypt are two important countries of the Muslim world, having a key role to play on issues relating to the Ummah. He reiterated the invitation to president of Egypt for visiting Pakistan.