By Syed Mussarat Khalil
JEDDAH- Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has arrived in Madinah on a three-day high-level official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.
According to the press statement from Syed Hamza Gilani, press consular at Pakistan Consulate General Jeddah, Governor Madinah Faisal bin Salman Al Saud, accompanied by senior Saudi officials, received the Prime Minister at the airport.
Federal Ministers Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Muftah Ismail, Nobzada Shahzain Bugti, Maryam Aurangzeb, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mohsin Dawar and Maulana Tahir Ashrafi were also present in the delegation along with the Prime Minister.
This is the Prime Minister’s first foreign trip since taking over as Prime Minister. During the visit, the Prime Minister met with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and other relevant officials to enhance economic and trade ties and promote investment, as well as create more employment opportunities for Pakistani manpower in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the Prime Minister will visit the Holy Shrine of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and enjoy the bliss of Umrah.
The two friendly countries will also discuss issues of mutual interest, especially various regional and international issues.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are linked by fraternal relations based on a long tradition of mutual trust and understanding, close cooperation and mutual support.
The people of Pakistan hold the trustees of the two holy shrines in the highest esteem.