Jeddah, 29 April 2022 (TDI): At the invitation of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif is on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahzain Bugti, Mohsin Dawar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi, Chaudhry Salik, and four members of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s personal staff are among the delegation accompanying the premier.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a tweet said that his visit will “renew and reaffirm” ties between the two countries. He stated that he will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss a wide range of issues.

In order to avoid further depletion of foreign currency reserves, Pakistan has chosen to request an extra $3.2 billion package from Saudi Arabia during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s current visit, bringing the total facility to $7.4 billion from the present $4.2 billion.

According to the Foreign Office, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s travel to Saudi Arabia is his first overseas tour since taking office earlier this month.

He will visit Saudi Arabia from April 28 to 30, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Asim Iftikhar. He will be joined by a high-level team that includes important cabinet members.

Asim Iftikhar said, “During the visit, the prime minister will have bilateral interaction with the Saudi leadership, with particular focus on advancing economic, trade and investment ties and creation of greater opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Saudi Arabia.

The two sides will also exchange views on a range of regional and international issues of mutual interest.”

Iftikhar went on to say that the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will give a boost to bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields and strengthen the two nations’ burgeoning friendship.