ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 28-30, 2022.

PM Shehbaz Sharif is visiting Saudi Arabia on the invitation of Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

This will be the prime minister’s first visit abroad after assuming office earlier this month.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including key members of the cabinet.

During the visit, the prime minister will have bilateral interaction with the Saudi leadership, with particular focus on advancing economic, trade and investment ties and creation of greater opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Saudi Arabia. The two sides will also exchange views on a range of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are bound by fraternal relationship marked by mutual trust and understanding, close cooperation, and an abiding tradition of supporting each other. The people of Pakistan hold the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the highest esteem.

The bilateral relationship is complemented by close mutual collaboration at regional and international fora. Saudi Arabia is a member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis, contributing to the progress, prosperity and economic development of the two brotherly countries.

Regular high-level visits are a key feature of this special relationship. The prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will impart a strong impetus to deepening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and further reinforce the growing partnership between the two countries.

Vows to forge deeper economic ties with Bahrain

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has underlined the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with Bahrain and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to forge deeper economic, trade and investment cooperation with Bahrain.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said this while talking over the phone to Bahrain’s National Guard Commander, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, who made a phone call to the prime minister.

Bahrain’s National Guard commander extended his warm felicitations to Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on his assumption of office of the   prime minister of Pakistan.

The prime minister thanked the Bahraini leadership for taking measures to look after the Pakistani expatriates in Bahrain, especially during the pandemic.

He also welcomed the project of King Hamad Nursing University and Associated Medical Sciences Hospital in Islamabad, which is a testament to the close brotherly relationship between the two countries.

The prime minister added that he looked forward to welcoming   King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa to Pakistan at an early date.

Bahrain is home to a large Pakistani diaspora in the Gulf region. Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close, cordial ties resting on the firm foundation of shared faith and values.

The two countries closely collaborate bilaterally on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Pakistan and Bahrain celebrated 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2021.