Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (Photo/File)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (Photo/File)

Pak rolls out red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2019 23:51 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 17 (ANI): Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit on Sunday, was given a red carpet welcome by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan along with his cabinet members received the Saudi Prince. He will be given a guard of honour at the PM House, The Dawn reported.
"Most Wellcome His Royal Highnness Crown prince amongst your family and your Own Country #CrownPrincePakistanVisit #CrownPrinceinPakistan," tweeted Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister, Fawad Hussain. 
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also welcomed Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who arrived in a separate airplane at Nur Khan Air Base
"People of Pakistan warmly welcome Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman on his historic visit to Pakistan. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy the long-standing brotherly relations that are growing stronger and stronger," the Pakistan government tweeted. 
Earlier, the Saudi Crown Prince was slated to arrive in Islamabad on Saturday, but now the visit has been postponed by a day. The Pakistan foreign ministry did not divulge the reason behind the change in schedule, adding that the bilateral engagements "remains unchanged," The Dawn reported.
The Saudi Crown Prince will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the royal family, ministers and businessmen.
This will be the Saudi Crown Prince's maiden visit to Pakistan since becoming the heir to the throne in 2017. Security has been beefed up in the Pakistani capital ahead of his arrival.
The sudden change in the schedule comes after Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel. Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Denouncing the deadly assault, Saudi Arabia on Friday reinforced its support to India against terrorism and extremism, wishing for the speedy recovery of the wounded.
Last month, Saudi Arabia had agreed to provide USD 3 billion to cash-starved Pakistan as a balance of payment support to stabilise its ailing economy besides providing oil on deferred payment for three years.
After visiting Pakistan, the Saudi Crown Prince will embark on a maiden two-day visit to India beginning from February 19. (ANI)

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