The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will soon visit Pakistan, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also claimed that he has shown a willingness to help develop initiatives in the nation.
The premier made his comments a few days after returning from a three-day visit to the kingdom, during which time the two leaders decided to strengthen their friendship and bilateral ties.
The premier discussed his meeting with the Saudi prime minister earlier this week while speaking at the National Police Academy’s Specialized Training Programme (STP) batch’s passing out parade today in Islamabad.
“He (Prince Salman) said that the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were closely bound together in a relationship. ‘We are like one family and I am ready to do everything […] these were his words.
“The Saudi prince also told us to work on projects and to facilitate them without any worries,” PM Shehbaz said, elaborating that the projects included an oil refinery which was worth $10 billion.
He continued, “I want all of you to embrace him warmly since he is from a friendly country,” when Prince Salman comes to Pakistan.
The prime minister said that in the last few years, Pakistan’s relations with friendly countries had suffered and promised that he was making all-out efforts to mend ties.
“I’m going to China shortly, and I’ll ask them too. China has been our constant ally and has consistently supported Pakistan.
There was no justification to “ruin relationships with the USA,” PM Shehbaz added in a brief statement. He also promised that the government was working to repair the connection in the same sentence.
“I believe that we should learn from our past mistakes. I swear by God, Pakistan has been blessed, and had we taken advantage of all these blessings, Pakistan would have been the most going (sic) country in the world.”
“We have everything in the country. If there is something missing, it is the will to do,” he added.
The prime minister thanked the police for their sacrifices in defending the nation from crime and terrorism at the opening of his speech.
He emphasized the need of safeguarding civilians from dangerous elements and asked the police to set the provinces’ counterterrorism departments a good example.
PM Shehbaz claimed that he was actively working to provide relief for flood victims and that plans were being made to secure hundreds of billions of rupees to pay for flood restoration through international channels.