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Pakistan Honors Saudi Crown Prince with Highest Civilian Honor

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani President Arif Alvi awarded Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan Award one day after signing $20 billion investment agreements, Pakistani media reported Monday.
On the second day of his trip to Pakistan, Prince Mohammed (also known as the MBS) met with President Arif Alvi in Islamabad, the capital, where he received the Nishan-e-Pakistan in the ceremony.
Saudi investment agreements came at a key juncture when Pakistan faced a declining economy, an impending balance of payments crisis, and sluggish internal growth.
The Crown Prince also met with Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Pakistan was the first leg of the Crown Prince’s tour in three countries. He is scheduled to travel to India and China.
On Sunday, MBS received a red-carpet welcome to Islamabad. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received him at an airbase and personally took him to the city.
The two leaders held delegation level meetings and one-on-one meetings, after which they chaired the signing of seven $20 billion investment agreements in the petroleum, petrochemical, oil and gas sectors. energy production, alternative energy and sports, according to a statement by the Pakistan Foreign Office.
Following the talks, Prime Minister Khan asked the MBS to intervene personally to help 2.5 million Pakistanis residing in the Gulf Kingdom overcome their “difficulties”.
Khan has also called for the release of more than 3,000 Pakistani prisoners currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.
On Monday, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the Crown Prince had ordered the “immediate release” of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from Saudi jails.
However, the MBS visit focused mainly on the investment agreements for the construction of an oil refinery in the port of Gwadar in southern Pakistan, the acquisition of two power plants by Saudi companies, as well as alternative energy and mining projects.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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