Shehbaz leaves for Saudi Arabia with high-level delegation

Shehbaz leaves for Saudi Arabia with high-level delegation

ISLAMABAD, APR 6: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, accompanied by a high-level delegation, has departed from Lahore on an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

The delegation comprises Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, and federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Aleem Khan, Attaullah Tarar, and Ahad Cheema, as well as senior officials of the Finance Ministry. The visit, scheduled until April 8, marks Prime Minister Sharif’s first foreign trip since assuming office.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz left for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

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The delegation departed from Allama Iqbal International Airport via a commercial flight. Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Sharif and his delegation will perform Umrah, in addition to holding crucial meetings with Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

During the meeting, bilateral relations and investment opportunities between the two countries will be discussed, underscoring the importance of the longstanding ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Sharif and his delegation are scheduled to stay in Madina overnight before proceeding with their official engagements in Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, the Foreign Office announced that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit Saudi Arabia from April 6 to 8. It said this will be the first foreign visit of the prime minister after his election.

The PM will perform Umrah, and offer prayers at Masjid-e-Nabawi, the FO spokesperson said, adding that he is also expected to meet with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman where matters of mutual interest will be discussed.

The two leaders will also discuss regional and global developments, the FO said, adding that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have a long-standing brotherly relationship. “The leadership of both countries is committed to beneficial economic and investment relations,” the spokesman added.