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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

MBS visit to Pakistan likely to get delayed

Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar is in contact with Saudi authorities regarding this high-profile visit of MBS.

 On Saturday news came out that consultations are underway between foreign ministries in Islamabad and Riyadh regarding the upcoming visit of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to Pakistan. The finalized date for his visit to Islamabad remains undecided at this time. Additionally, Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar is in contact with Saudi authorities regarding this high-profile visit.

This update comes following reports suggesting a delay in MBS’s visit, contrary to earlier indications that he would arrive in Islamabad on May 19 for a two-day visit. However, no official schedule has been provided for his visit thus far.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch commented on the matter on Friday, stating that details about the visit will be disclosed once a schedule is finalized between Islamabad and Riyadh. Baloch expressed confidence that the visit would occur soon, underscoring its significance for Pakistan and its eager anticipation of strengthening ties with Saudi Arabia.

The potential visit of the Saudi crown prince has been highly anticipated, especially after recent diplomatic and trade engagements following Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s trip to the Kingdom in March. This visit holds particular importance as Pakistan seeks substantial investments from Saudi Arabia across various sectors.

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Notably, if realized, this visit would mark Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s first trip to Pakistan in five years, with his last visit occurring in February 2019 during former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tenure. It would also signify progress on the $5 billion investment agreement previously discussed between the two nations in Makkah, highlighting their commitment to mutual development and cooperation.