Pakistan PM Sharif to meet Saudi crown prince on Riyadh visit

Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

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# 05 April 2024 15:56 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will meet the Saudi crown prince during a two-day visit to Riyadh that starts on Saturday, the foreign ministry said, APA reports citing Reuters.

The visit will be Sharif's first foreign trip since forming a coalition government in February. The two are longtime allies, with the South Asian nation often turning to Riyadh for financial help during its balance of payment crises.

Sharif will discuss issues of mutual interest during the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

In addition to financial support, Pakistan has lately been trying to secure Saudi investment in industries ranging from agriculture to mines, minerals and aviation.

Islamabad says Saudi Arabia has shown interest in acquiring government stakes in Pakistan's Reko Diq gold and copper mine, which could be a major deal for the $350-billion economy.