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Biggest Takeaways from Saudi Foreign Minister Visit to Pakistan

© AP Photo / Thomas HartwellPrime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif
Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif - Sputnik India, 1920, 18.04.2024
This week, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss economic cooperation and investment deals after all the ups and downs with the previous regime.
After a successful two-day visit, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, accompanied by a delegation of ministers, concluded his visit to Pakistan on a positive note.
This visit was a continuation of the meeting between the Prime Minister and the Saudi Crown Prince in Makkah at the end of Ramadan.
Despite being decades old and multifaceted, Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations have seen various fluctuations over the past decade.
One example is Riyadh's dissatisfaction with Pakistan's decision to stay out of the destructive war in Yemen.
In retrospect, it is clear that the parliament made the right decision, as the Saudis are attempting to disengage discreetly from the conflict with the Houthis.
Moreover, Riyadh's attempts to host an Islamic summit in Malaysia were not well received by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who perceived these actions as an attempt to establish a "parallel" OIC. As a result, Mr. Khan ultimately canceled his trip to Kuala Lumpur to please the Saudis.
Meanwhile, we can see what happened to Imran Khan's government. In fact, there are many accusations by PTI party leaders of involvement of the US and Saudi Arabia in the regime change operation against them.

Despite the diplomatic bottlenecks in the past, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan is on the path of improvement. Islamabad is actively seeking substantial investment from Riyadh, and the Saudi leadership is showing a willingness to overlook past problems.

In this official meeting, both nations also called for an immediate cease-fire and uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid in Gaza. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan also expressed dissatisfaction with international efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas, saying they have been "completely inadequate."
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan General Asim Munir meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to discuss military cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. - Sputnik India, 1920, 20.03.2024
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