Saudi Arabia’s crown prince
Government officials said, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is due to arrive in the Pakistani capital for a state visit to a key strategic ally that is expected to see the Gulf kingdom sign investment deals worth more than $10bn.
Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday for a two-day visit that will see him hold talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and President Arif Alvi, Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement this week.
Prince Mohammed, a powerful figure in the Saudi hierarchy who has wielded control over the country’s policies since his elevation to the role of Crown Prince in 2017, will also hold talks with Pakistani senators.
The visit comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is seeking to diversify its economy and investments in foreign countries, with falling oil prices hitting the kingdom’s economy hard.
The country has also faced a degree of diplomatic isolation after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last year. MBS leaves Pakistan on Monday, with Malaysia, India and China next on his itinerary.
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