Islamabad (September 20, 2018): Federal Information Minister Fawad Choudhry said that Saudi Arabia will be the third member of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Addressing media in Islamabad, Information Minister Fawad Choudhry briefed about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
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The invitation was extended by the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led delegation that travelled to Saudi Arabia. It was the first diplomatic trip for the premiere.
“The premier has reassured Saudi Arabia that Pakistan is with them, KSA’s security is Pakistan’s security. We will always stand together.”
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“A high-level coordination committee has been formed to better bilateral ties and the initiative has the complete support of the PM,” Chaudhry announced.
He said that a high level Saudi delegation will arrive Pakistan in October this year to formally discuss the different important issues trade and security.
“Saudi Arabia is the first country that Pakistan has invited to become a third member of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)”
Chaudhry said that Pakistan’s main interest lies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia on matters of trade and security.
“A high-level coordination committee has has been constituted [to look into matters of trade and commerce] and it has the complete backing of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and PM Khan,” Fawad Chaudhry said.He said that Saudi Arabia is the first country that Pakistan has invited to become a third partner in CPEC and the projects that Saudi Arabia would be investing in will be smoothed out during the Saudi delegation’s visit, scheduled for the first week of October.
“We have also assured the Saudi leadership that we will continue to provide security to their country and provide strategic support wherever needed,” Chaudhry said.
The information minister said that while in Abu Dhabi, the Pakistani delegation met with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zaid and matters of mutual interest were discussed.“I should mention here that the relations between Pakistan and UAE and Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were going through a cold phase for the past few years and this visit changed that,” the information minister said.
He added that the complications surrounding the procurement of UAE visas will soon be resolved as the matter came into discussion during this visit.
“The foreign office will soon send a proposal to UAE and it is expected to resolve these issues for the thousands of Pakistanis that are dwelling in the Emirates,” Chaudhry assured.
The information minister added that UAE will also send a delegation to assist with Karachi’s water crisis by early October.The information minister gave the clarification after a question pertaining to the matter was asked by a journalist present at the press conference.
Chaudhry added that the government has “no personal” differences with PML-N and Nawaz will be sent “back to where he came from”.
“We will send Nawaz back from where he came,” vowed Chaudhry.
The statement by the information minister comes less than 24 hours after Nawaz and other Sharif family members were released from prison following the suspension of the Avenfield sentence.
Elaborating further, the information minister said that the government will not let convicted Sharif family members leave the country. “We will also extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar, and absconders Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.”