“No problem with India except Kashmir”: Imran Khan

RIYADH: Highlighting the regional issues in his speech at Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Investment Forum in Riyadh on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan is located in a very sensitive and important geographical area. “We have no problem with our immediate neighbour India except the Kashmir and this issue is directly related with the human rights. Kashmiri people are waiting for the fundamental rights and if they get it then there no other issue between the two countries”, he stressed.

“Our relations with China are excellent and through Afghanistan, we can meet the requirement of Western countries”, Imran Khan stated refering the cricket match played between Pakistan and India in Dubai on Sunday which was won by ‘Green Shirts’ by 10 wickets.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday urged the Saudi companies and entrepreneurs to benefit from Pakistan’s strategic location as well huge investment potential in diverse areas of economy including housing and construction for mutual benefit.

MAKKAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan, holding hand of her spouse Bushra Bibi performing Umrah in Grand Mosque.

He particularly mentioned the mega development projects of Ravi City and Central Business District in Lahore and said it was the right time for Saudi investors to benefit from these projects.

The Prime Minister was addressing the Saudi-Pak Investment Forum organized in cooperation with Saudi Ministry of Investment.

The Investment Forum was attended by senior representatives of the leading Saudi companies and entrepreneurs as well as Pakistani businessmen.

Besides Saudi Investment Minister Engr. Khalid Al-Falih, the Forum was also addressed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin and Energy Minister Hammad Azhar.

Imran Khan will attend the launch ceremony of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit”, being held here in the Saudi capital.

MAKKAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan, holding hand of her spouse Bushra Bibi and members of his delegation arriving to perform Umrah at Grand Mosque.

The Prime Minister visiting the Kingdom to attend the Summit, at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Foreign Minister and other members of the Cabinet.

At the MGI Summit, the Prime Minister will 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, Foreign Office said in a statement issued on Friday.

The MGI Summit, the first of its kind in the Middle East Region, is being held at the initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

It may be recalled “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives were launched by the Crown Prince in March 2021 aimed at protecting the nature and planet.

Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed these two initiatives and offered to share experiences and lessons from Pakistan’s “Clean and Green Pakistan” and Prime Minister’s “10 billion Tree Tsunami.”

The Prime Minister will have bilateral interaction 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 mutual interest.

During the visit, 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 in the Kingdom.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and mutual support.

Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis, contributing to the progress and prosperity of both countries.

The relationship is marked by frequent high-level visits, close cooperation in all fields, and mutual collaboration on regional and international issues, including at the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
The visit of the Prime Minister will carry forward the positive momentum of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the statement concluded.

Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Lt. Gen. (r) Bilal Akbar Friday said that with 2 million Pakistani expatriates already working in the Kingdom, the number was expected to reach around 2.5 million in coming years due to increased human resource requirements under the 2030 vision of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, who enjoy broad-based strategic relations rooted deep in history, culture, religion and people to people contacts, have inter-dependence,” he said in an interaction with APP ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s October 23-25 official visit to Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum in Riyadh
on Monday.

The Prime Minister during his visit at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will attend the launching ceremony of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit in Riyadh.

Besides attending the summit and sharing Pakistan’s experiences in the success of Billion Tree Tsunami initiative as one of the lead speakers, the Prime Minister during his visit will also address Pakistan-Saudi Investment Forum.

The Forum, being organized in collaboration with Saudi Ministry of Investment, will provide an opportunity to the entrepreneurs of two countries to explore the prospects of business and investment at bilateral level for win-win situation, he added.

Lt. Gen. (r) Bilal Akbar said that a delegation of Pakistani businessmen was also coming to Saudi Arabia to attend the Forum.

Highlighting the close and fraternal relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, he said, that as Saudi Arabia was a welwisher of Pakistan and its people, Pakistan also had always stood with the Kingdom and assured its territorial integrity.

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan, Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faith and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi at Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum in Riyadh on Monday.

The Ambassador further said that the recent release of Pakistani prisoners by Saudi Arabia including 50 from Qaseem province as well as the commitment for release of another 24 prisoners from Hail province depicted the closer bilateral relations.

He further said that Pakistani community including students were also contributing in the Green Initiative and planting trees and saplings in various parts of the Kingdom.