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14 February 2019, 12:07 | Glen Norman
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Much is pinned on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's upcoming visit to Pakistan and while the host country is leaving no stone unturned to woo the royal guest, his own team is leaving nothing to chance.
A senior official at the ministry on Monday said that they had held consecutive meetings during the past few days for the goal and all relevant stakeholders had been taken on bard in this connection.
The crown prince's belongings, including his exercise equipment and furniture, reached Islamabad in five trucks, the Dawn News reported quoting Saudi Embassy sources.
The Prince will be accompany a by a strong Saudi delegation comprising 600 to 700 delegates.
The federal government will sign three vital Memorandums of Understanding with the Saudi Arabia government during the visit, said Haroon Sharif, the chairperson of the Board of Investment, this while talking to SAMAA TV on Tuesday.
We also welcome the Saudi announcement to set up oil refinery in Gwadar, said Fawad Chaudhry, adding it would be one of the biggest oil refineries in Asia.
Talking about an oil refinery that Saudi Arabia will set up at Gwadar, Sharif said the facility will be established at a cost of Dollars 8 billion.
Pakistan is seeing this investment as a big opportunity to revive its ailing economy.
In October, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Riyadh where the prime minister tried to woo potential investors and secure funds for overcoming balance of payment crisis.
The PM had attended Future Investment Initiative conference besides holding meetings with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Conducting an investigation in Turkey last week, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, acknowledged in a report that "Turkey's efforts to apply prompt, effective and thorough, independent and impartial, and transparent investigations - in line with global law - have been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia". Speaking about the murder in an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir acknowledged that it was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority". It is believed that 80 containers will be shipped to Islamabad for the crown prince and his entourage's stay.
During the visit of Saudi Prince, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will ink agreements worth $20 billions.
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