Abu Dhabi (September 20, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday night on an official visit.
Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan received PM Imran at the presidential apron of Abu Dhabi airport.Imran Khan is accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for Information Fawad Ahmed, and Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood.Soon after reaching UAE, PM Imran held a delegation-level meeting with Sheikh Zayed.
UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan were also present in the meeting.
Earlier On September 19, Prime Minister Imran Khan met King Salman on his maiden visit to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) shared .
On the occasion, PM Imran was presented guard of honour.
Finance Minister Asad Umar — who is accompanying PM Khan — also met his Saudi counterpart Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan and they discussed “aspects of financial and economic cooperation”.
Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry — also part of the premier’s delegation- also met the Saudi Minister of Media Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad earlier. The two discussed ways to expand media cooperation between the two states.
“There should not be any conflict in the Muslim world.Pakistan would like to play a role of putting out these fires”
lmran Khan talks to @AlArabiya_Eng
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) September 19, 2018
Earlier, Imran met with the Secretary-General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al-Othaimeen during his two-day trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Durrani and Ambassador to KSA Khan Hasham bin Saddique attended the meeting.
In his meeting with Saudi FM Adel al Jubeir, Qureshi stressed on ‘strong’ bilateral ties between the two countries.
وزیراعظم پاکستان عمران خان سے او آئی سی کے سیکریٹری جنرل ڈاکٹر یوسف العثیمین کی ملاقات
ملا قات میں باہمی دلچسپی کے امور اور مسلم امہ کو درپیش چیلنجز پر گفتگو۔ وزیر خارجہ شاہ محمود قریشی، سیکرٹری خارجہ تہمینہ جنجوعہ اور سعودی عرب میں پاکستانی سفیر ہشام بن صدیق ملاقات میں موجود۔ pic.twitter.com/hpuwLGjcGA
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 19, 2018
PM Imran landed in Madina on Tuesday and was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Special Assistant to the PM on commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood.
The prime minister was received by Madina Governor Prince Faisal bin Salman, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique, Saudi authorities and official of the consulate.
After offering prayers at the Grand Mosque, the entourage headed to the holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah.
PM Imran is visiting Saudi Arabia on the invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Although bilateral relations and regional security situation would come under discussions, the inclusion of finance minister in the prime minister’s entourage suggests Islamabad is likely to seek financial help to stave off another International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.
وزیر اعظم پاکستان عمران خان عمرے کے ادائیگی کے لیے بیت اللہ شریف پہنچے تو بیت اللہ خانہ کعبہ کا دروازہ خصوصی طور پر عمران خان اور انکے وفد کے لیے کھول دیا گیا۔
عمران خان وفد کے ہمراہ بیت اللہ میں داخل ہوئے۔ نوافل ادا کیئے اور پاکستان اور عالم اسلام کی سلامتی کے لیے دعائیں مانگیں۔ pic.twitter.com/stBh8j9Z4l
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 19, 2018
The PTI government is considering several options to shore up the fast depleting foreign exchange reserves. It is trying to avoid going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and instead desires to reach out to friendly countries — including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and China — for financial assistance.
Speculation is rife in the media that Saudi Arabia may deposit a certain amount in Pakistan’s exchequer so that the new government may have the necessary cushion given the current state of foreign exchange reserves.
In another option, Saudi Arabia may offer Pakistan oil on deferred payments as it did following the 1998 nuclear explosions when Islamabad was under crippling international economic sanctions.