ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived in Jeddah on his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.
The premier’s aircraft landed at the royal terminal in Jeddah and he was received by the governor of Makkah, Khalid Bin Faisal al Saud.
PM Imran will hold discussions with the Saudi leadership over the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) following New Delhi’s illegal and unilateral action of stripping the region of its autonomous status.
The PM is accompanied by the first lady and an 11-member delegation that includes Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
The premier will later leave for New York to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Imran has been in regular contact with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the Kashmir issue since August 5.
“During the prime minister’s visit, the two sides will discuss ways to further strengthen economic partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” a statement released by the Foreign Office said.
It added that since crown prince’s visit to Pakistan in February there has been growing momentum in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations in all areas of cooperation.
The Foreign Office stressed that the premier’s visit to Saudi Arabia will further reinforce the close fraternal ties between the two countries and deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
The premier, in a telephonic conversation earlier in the week, assured MBS of Pakistan’s full support following the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last week.
During the conversation, the premier offered Pakistan’s full support and capabilities to the kingdom following the attack.