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Saudi crown prince likely to visit Pakistan in March​


Pakistan is keen Prince Mohammad bin Salman attends the Pakistan Day parade as guest of honour, say sources



Kamran Yousaf
February 20, 2022

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are in talks to finalise the dates for the much-awaited visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad likely to take place in March, official sources told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

Pakistan, sources added, is keen that the Saudi crown prince attends the Pakistan Day parade as a guest of honour on March 23.

Sources said that the two sides were in touch with each other and barring an exception, it is likely the Saudi de facto ruler will visit Pakistan which would be his second visit in three years.

The last time he travelled to Pakistan was in February 2019 just days after the Pulwama attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) that brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.

At the time, Prime Minister Imran Khan drove him to his office from the airport suggesting close bonhomie between the two leaders. Saudi Arabia had extended the financial bailout package to Pakistan after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed the government in August 2018 in order to help it deal with the depleting foreign exchange reserves.

But a few months later, the relationship between the two countries hit an unusual roadblock after PM Imran joined the Turkish President and the Malaysian Prime Minister at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September 2019.

What led to the further strain in ties was the premier’s decision to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit. Saudi saw the move by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad as an effort to set up a parallel Islamic bloc to counter the Riyadh led Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Pakistan eventually pulled out of the summit but the damage had already been done.

At one point, the ties were so strained that Pakistan had to return Saudi loan before time, a rare instance in the Pak-Saudi ties. Riyadh had extended financial help to Pakistan in the past but never asked Islamabad to return the money as it either rolled over the facility or converted it into a grant.

But President Joe Biden's victory brought Pakistan and Saudi Arabia once again together as the new US President, unlike Donald Trump, maintained a distance from the Saudi Crown Prince. It also withdrew arm support for the war in Yemen. Biden hasn't yet spoken to either Saudi Crown Prince or PM Imran.

The ice between the two countries finally melted when the prime minister visited Saudi Arabia in October last year. That visit led to another Saudi bailout package to the tune of $4.2 billion, $3 billion in cash support while the remaining oil facility was on deferred payment.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia also cooperated to arrange an extraordinary meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The conference led to the establishment of Trust Fund under the banner of the Islamic Development Bank to help the people of Afghanistan in view of the grave humanitarian situation.

Pakistan is also set to host the regular conference of OIC Foreign Ministers on March 22. It is expected that foreign ministers of OIC would also be invited to witness the Pakistan Day parade.


this will be a miracle if that happens.

I wonder what our diplomatic staff and Pak military has done to undo the damage caused by PTI diplomatic and foreign relations blunder.
 

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Yemen should build their state military and create its presence in international politics instead of becoming playground for foreign proxies.
Unfortunately for Yemen and Djibouti they both occupy strategic positions at mouth of Red sea and have been a battle ground since cold war days. US occupies Djibouti but Yemen is under attack through proxies. Yemen has no value other than it's strategic location and millions are suffering because of this. It has been divided by scheming colonialists along religious lines. 65% are Sunni nd 35% are Shia. Iran started to support the beleaguered Shias there and are now indirectly involved in the conflict.
 

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Well, KSA has been better to Pakistan, than say the so called Iran.

Saudi Arabia has close relations with USA, which may annoy some Pakistanis, since we prefer China over USA.
Bhai give up on this vs comparison.
KSA or Iran owe us nothing.... Zilch.

if we are Muslims then it is no favor to either Arabs or non Arab,s
in the end its all about national interests.
KSA finds some use for us and our Military has done its bit to repair the damage in relations in the recent past.


KSA army chief just met Indian army chief and KSA has billions of dollars worth of business with India and UAE is signing even bigger deals just Like Iran has dealings with Indians. again nothing to be salty about it. its all business and severing national interests whether Pakistanis like it or hate it.
 

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Bhai give up on this vs comparison.
KSA or Iran owe us nothing.... Zilch.

if we are Muslims then it is no favor to either Arabs or non Arab,s
in the end its all about national interests.
KSA finds some use for us and our Military has done its bit to repair the damage in relations in the recent past.


KSA army chief just met Indian army chief and KSA has billions of dollars worth of business with India and UAE is signing even bigger deals just Like Iran has dealings with Indians. again nothing to be salty about it. its all business and severing national interests whether Pakistanis like it or hate it.
Really? Well Pakistan First!
KSA doing business with India will certainly upset the top brass in Pakistan.

You are right, everyone does what in their national interest.
 

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Really? Well Pakistan First!
KSA doing business with India will certainly upset the top brass in Pakistan.

You are right, everyone does what in their national interest.
if we are worthy enough then Arabs will stop supporting India on Kashmir and the Iranians will kick out the Indians from Chabahar. most of our time is spent on complaining about Ummah that doesnt exist.
I am waiting for the foreign office to confirm this visit. I am not sure how reliable the news website is about the planned visit of MBS.
it will be an awkward moment if and when MBS meets our PM because Imran Khan annoyed the price badly by blundering over the KSA vs Turkish rivalry,
 

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Iran was the first country that recognize Pakistan after its independence.
Iran was the first country that hate Pakistan once they realized their importance in the region got fuckedup after Saudia, Turkey, US, UK, China welcome and see Pakistan as a strategic pivot of the region.
 

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Saudi crown prince likely to visit Pakistan in March​


Pakistan is keen Prince Mohammad bin Salman attends the Pakistan Day parade as guest of honour, say sources



Kamran Yousaf
February 20, 2022

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are in talks to finalise the dates for the much-awaited visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad likely to take place in March, official sources told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

Pakistan, sources added, is keen that the Saudi crown prince attends the Pakistan Day parade as a guest of honour on March 23.

Sources said that the two sides were in touch with each other and barring an exception, it is likely the Saudi de facto ruler will visit Pakistan which would be his second visit in three years.

The last time he travelled to Pakistan was in February 2019 just days after the Pulwama attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) that brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.

At the time, Prime Minister Imran Khan drove him to his office from the airport suggesting close bonhomie between the two leaders. Saudi Arabia had extended the financial bailout package to Pakistan after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed the government in August 2018 in order to help it deal with the depleting foreign exchange reserves.

But a few months later, the relationship between the two countries hit an unusual roadblock after PM Imran joined the Turkish President and the Malaysian Prime Minister at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September 2019.

What led to the further strain in ties was the premier’s decision to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit. Saudi saw the move by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad as an effort to set up a parallel Islamic bloc to counter the Riyadh led Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Pakistan eventually pulled out of the summit but the damage had already been done.

At one point, the ties were so strained that Pakistan had to return Saudi loan before time, a rare instance in the Pak-Saudi ties. Riyadh had extended financial help to Pakistan in the past but never asked Islamabad to return the money as it either rolled over the facility or converted it into a grant.

But President Joe Biden's victory brought Pakistan and Saudi Arabia once again together as the new US President, unlike Donald Trump, maintained a distance from the Saudi Crown Prince. It also withdrew arm support for the war in Yemen. Biden hasn't yet spoken to either Saudi Crown Prince or PM Imran.

The ice between the two countries finally melted when the prime minister visited Saudi Arabia in October last year. That visit led to another Saudi bailout package to the tune of $4.2 billion, $3 billion in cash support while the remaining oil facility was on deferred payment.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia also cooperated to arrange an extraordinary meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The conference led to the establishment of Trust Fund under the banner of the Islamic Development Bank to help the people of Afghanistan in view of the grave humanitarian situation.

Pakistan is also set to host the regular conference of OIC Foreign Ministers on March 22. It is expected that foreign ministers of OIC would also be invited to witness the Pakistan Day parade.


Is this guy just to visit for fun or invest something in pakistan
 

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Is this guy just to visit for fun or invest something in pakistan
even if he graces us with his visit that is good enough for us
.PM Imran made a blunder diplomatically its a big deal that KSA is forgiving Pakistan.
if we are worthy and have something useful to offer then this visit can turn into something useful and beneficial for both countries.

otherwise he is most welcome to come and visit us just as a chief guest.
 

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I hope our foreign office this time properly briefs this loose tongue Pm khan to keep his wild opinions on sensitive matters to himself. Saudi king is not here to hear Pm khan lecture him on unity with terrorist states brotherhood cut his Mike off if khan starts go off script
 

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Bhai give up on this vs comparison.
KSA or Iran owe us nothing.... Zilch.

if we are Muslims then it is no favor to either Arabs or non Arab,s
in the end its all about national interests.
KSA finds some use for us and our Military has done its bit to repair the damage in relations in the recent past.


KSA army chief just met Indian army chief and KSA has billions of dollars worth of business with India and UAE is signing even bigger deals just Like Iran has dealings with Indians. again nothing to be salty about it. its all business and severing national interests whether Pakistanis like it or hate it.

100%, thankfully we didn't see 100 posts on how we should jump into the Saudi camp. As can be seen here;


They at their interests.

Keep good ties with both and welcome to the prince.
 

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Really? Well Pakistan First!
KSA doing business with India will certainly upset the top brass in Pakistan.

You are right, everyone does what in their national interest.
We Pakistani need to understand, there is no heart feeling in cut throat corporate world . We need to get out from emotions and look for the national interest. Except Pakistan everyone looking for the national interest. India -Saudi-UAE business partnership crossing 100 billion and here we are still humble and sincere ...
 

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We Pakistani need to understand, there is no heart feeling in cut throat corporate world . We need to get out from emotions and look for the national interest. Except Pakistan everyone looking for the national interest. India -Saudi-UAE business partnership crossing 100 billion and here we are still humble and sincere ...
I have always been the one to say Pakistan first.
Bhai, I have always been for Pakistan before caring for others.
The only country that might matter to me as much is Afghanistan and thats it.
 

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