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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived in Saudi Arabia today for a 3-day official visit. On arrival, the Prime Minister was very warmly welcomed at the airport by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar and a number of princes and Ministers. Saudi military leadership was also present at the airport for Prime Minister’s reception.

Guard of Honour was presented to the Prime Minister on arrival. King Salman bin Abdulaziz accompanied the Prime Minister from the airport to his Palace, where he hosted a luncheon in the honour of the Prime Minister and members of his delegation. The luncheon was followed by official talks with the King.

Prime Minister left for Jeddah after the talks. He was seen-off at the airport by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister will also visit Madinah.

During the talks, both the leaders underscored the close and brotherly nature of relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in a number of fields including energy, trade, investment and security, and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share similar views on all important issues including the need to combat terrorism.

Prime Minister’s unprecedented reception at the airport was a manifestation of the significance leadership of Saudi Arabia attaches to its relations with Pakistan. King Salman’s extraordinary gesture of personally welcoming the Prime Minister on arrival is a testimony to the special nature of Pak-Saudi relations.

Prime Minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Finance Minister, Mr. Ishaq Dar, Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs, Mr. Irfan Siddiqui.

4 March,2015

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