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Dar and Saudi Foreign Minister discuss preparations for visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, reviewed preparations on Sunday for the upcoming visit of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to Pakistan.

In a telephonic conversation with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Dar emphasized that the people of Pakistan “are eagerly anticipating the arrival of His Royal Highness at a mutually agreed-upon date.”

The ministers discussed the strong bilateral ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, exploring opportunities to further enhance cooperation across various sectors. This dialogue highlighted the deep and lasting partnership between the two countries.

They also addressed the dire situation in Gaza and other pressing regional and global issues of shared concern. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region through joint efforts and dialogue.

Last week, it was reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan has been postponed.

Earlier, the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan has been postponed indefinitely, pending the finalization of mutually convenient dates by both parties.

The delay comes as the two countries remain in diplomatic communication to reschedule the visit at the earliest opportunity, although no specific reason for the postponement was provided.

If confirmed, this delay would mark the second time the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan has been postponed.

His planned trip in November 2022 faced similar delays attributed to political uncertainties surrounding elections at that time.

Originally, the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan was anticipated to occur either before or after his scheduled trip to Japan, scheduled from May 20 to 23.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended an invitation to Mohammed bin Salman during his official visit to Saudi Arabia, which was accepted by the crown prince.

Earlier this week, a delegation of prominent Saudi businessmen visited Pakistan, engaging in discussions with local counterparts to explore investment opportunities.

This visit aligned with the government’s ongoing efforts to attract Saudi investment as part of a comprehensive strategy to address Pakistan’s economic challenges.

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