Imran Khan arrives in
Riyadh on 3-day visit
to Saudi Arabia

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday reached Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit, at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The delegation arrived in Madina first then Riyadh.

During the visit from October 23-25, the prime minister would attend the inaugural ceremony of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit” being held in Riyadh.

The first of their kind in the Middle East Region, “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives were launched by the Crown Prince in March 2021 aimed at protecting the nature and planet.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Special Assistant on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam are accompanying the prime minister.

At the Summit, the prime minister would share his perspective on the challenges faced by developing countries due to climate change.

He will also highlight Pakistan’s experience of launching nature-based solutions to address the environmental challenges including 10 Billion Tree Tsunami.

Besides meeting the Saudi leadership, the prime minister will also participate in an event on the promotion of investment in Pakistan and interact with leading investors and businessmen from Saudi Arabia and Pakistani diaspora.

A file picture shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The prime minister left with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, the FO said.

The Prime Minister Office (PMO) said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had extended the invitation to the premier to attend the event’s launching ceremony.

At the MGI Summit, the prime minister will share his perspective on the challenges faced by developing countries due to climate change, the PMO said, adding that he will also highlight Pakistan’s experience of launching “nature-based solutions to address the environmental challenges”.

An initiative of the crown prince, the MGI Summit is the “first of its kind” in the Middle East, the PMO statement said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan (second from left) arrives in Madinah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Prime Minister’s Office Twitter)

In March, Prime Minister Imran Khan had lauded two reforestation and environmental initiatives announced by MBS — “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East”, saying the crown prince’s vision closely aligned with that of his own government. The premier had also offered to share experiences from Pakistan’s “Clean and Green Pakistan” and “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” programmes.

During the visit, the premier will also have bilateral interactions with the Saudi leadership, with a particular focus on advancing economic and trade relations, creating more opportunities for the Pakistani workforce; and the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora in the Kingdom. The two sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, according to the PMO.

Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) meets Deputy Governor of Madinah Prince Saud bin Khalid Al Faisal (R) after reaching the city on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Prime Minister’s Office Twitter)

The premier will also participate in an event for the promotion of investment in Pakistan and interact with leading investors and businessmen from Saudi Arabia and the Pakistani diaspora.

“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and mutual support,” the PMO said, noting that Saudi Arabia was home to more than two million Pakistanis who were contributing towards the progress and prosperity of both the countries.

“The visit of the prime minister will carry forward the positive momentum of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” the statement added.