Everything you need to know about the MBS visit

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The Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s two-day visit to Pakistan came to an end on Monday, 18th February. The long-awaited arrival became the highlight of the year with warm speeches, beneficial deals, and incredible historic gestures from both sides.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who arrived in Pakistan amid much fanfare and hype on 17th February, led a delegation to Islamabad that saw deals worth more than $20bn, which will prove vital for domestic growth besides resuscitating the economy.

The two leaders held one-on-one talks in Islamabad, followed by the signing of seven investment deals in the areas of petrochemicals, energy, minerals, sports, and other important sectors.

The Crown Prince also dubbed as MBS was welcomed by the formations of JF-17 and F-16 of Pakistan Air Force who escorted the Crown Prince as soon as Royal aircraft entered the Pakistan airspace.

MBS was received on Sunday by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Nur Khan airbase, where he was given a red carpet welcome and was accorded a 21-gun salute for his first visit to the country since becoming heir to the throne in 2017. He was driven to the Prime Minister House by PM Khan himself, as is the Premier’s custom for special guests.

The two leaders held one-on-one talks in Islamabad, followed by the signing of seven investment deals in the areas of petrochemicals, energy, minerals, sports, and other important sectors.

One of the most heart-warming events that took place was PM Khan’s request to His Highness for the early release of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia at the banquet on Monday and the next morning, the Prince had ordered the release of 2107 prisoners, the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed on Twitter.

At the state dinner, PM Khan hailed the strong ties between the two allies, adding: “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are now taking this relationship to a level, which we never had before.

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“A relationship, where it will now be investment between the two countries which will mutually benefit from it,” the Crown Prince reiterated PM Khan’s comments.

“We believe Pakistan is going to be a very important country in the coming future, and we want to be part of that,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan later took to Twitter to praise the comments of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman that he is Pakistan’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia.

PM Imran tweeted: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman won the hearts of the people of Pakistan when he said “consider me Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia” in response to my asking him to treat the 2.5 mn Pakistani’s working in KSA as his own.

Speaking at the banquet, Prime Minister Imran Khan had also referred to the problems of Pakistani Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and requested that their immigration should be done in the three big cities of Pakistan.

Read more: MBS orders release of Pakistani prisoners in KSA jails

He also mentioned the problems faced by Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia, whom he considered very close to his heart and special people. He requested the Crown Prince to treat them as their own people.

His Highness Prince Salman was taken to meet President Arif Alvi on Monday morning by the Prime Minister in a traditional Presidential chariot.

At president house, MBS was awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award conferred by the government in a ceremony.

Politicians, the business community, and the public at large lauded the historic visit of MBS and termed it the new beginning for both nations given the agreements signed not only to enhance economical activities but also to boost cultural ties two.

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PM Khan along with COAS Qamar Bajwa saw off Crown Prince at Noor Khan Base on Monday.

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