Saudi Arabia, Pakistan affirm Palestinians' right to establish own state

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan affirm Palestinians' right to establish own state

Amid ongoing efforts to find a negotiated political settlement to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the Pakistani officials have informed regarding a likely meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Taliban leaders.

A preferential trade agreement and easing of procedures for business visas for Pakistanis will be proposed to Saudi Arabia as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision for carrying out economic reforms.

During the Saudi Crown Prince's visit, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed seven memorandums of understandings worth $20 bln across several sectors including oil, mining and energy.

Unease ran in the government circles in Islamabad that the Saudi prince might call off the trip due to security reasons after building up of tensions between Pakistan and India following a terror attack on soldiers in Kashmir on Thursday, according to officials privy to the developments.

Saudi Prince visited Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In addition, eight multibillion-dollar MoUs will also be signed in the fields of water, power, investment, finance, renewable energy, internal security, media, culture and sports.

The American owners purchased the Red Devils in 2003 for £790m but if they made a decision to accept Bin Salman's offer, the Glazers would bank a huge £2.2bn profit.

Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, arrived in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, on Sunday, a day after he was originally scheduled to land.

He will be on a two-day visit to India starting February 19 and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Turkey said Friday it has not yet revealed all the information it has uncovered in the extraordinary case, which launched a global wave of revulsion and profoundly tarnished the crown prince's reputation. New Delhi has accused Pakistan of having a hand in the bombing and vowed to punish Islamabad, which denies involvement.

"We have been a brotherly country, a friendly country to Pakistan".

The last time a Saudi royal paid a visit to Pakistan was 2006, when then Saudi ruler King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz travelled to the nuclear-armed nation.

In October, Manchester United pulled out of an investment forum in Saudi Arabia amid the fallout from Khashoggi's death.

The two sides reaffirmed the historical relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. "We believe Pakistan is going to be a very important country in the coming future and we want to be sure we are a part of that".

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