India's Modi Breaks Protocol to Welcome Saudi's Crown Prince

It suggested that Prince Mohammad will now visit Pakistan with a reduced number of business officials.

There has been great anticipation for the visit of the Arabian crown prince visit as this is a very great invitation and it is believed to have a great impact on the Pakistan economy.

According to Advisor to PM on Trade, Razzak Dawood, agreements worth around Dollars 20 billion has been signed, including one about Saudi investment to build an oil refinery.

Salman also praised the Pakistan prime minister's "openness and efforts" for a dialogue with India, after which he signed deals worth $20 billion with Pakistan.

"It is the first time that the Saudis have made this kind of investment in Pakistan", Hussain said, attributing the financial decision to Riyadh's plan to diversify its economy in its so-called Saudi Vision 2030 project.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historic relations, information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday.

Pakistan's Foreign Office and Saudi Arabia's government did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the crown prince at the airport.

Ridiculing Khan's repeated reference to "Naya Pakistan" in as many words, the statement said - "In this "Naya Pakistan", Ministers of the current Government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations".

Saudi Arabia has been condemned for its human rights record and has faced scrutiny over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi embassy a year ago.

PM Modi is expected to raise the issue under the India-Saudi counter-terrorism cooperation framework, during the two leaders' summit-level bilateral meeting on Wednesday.

"We would like to play a role with Saudi Arabia of putting out fires in the Muslim world, getting countries together", he further added.

Pakistan has been playing an increasingly vital role in the Afghanistan peace talks, which have been gathering momentum in recent months amid a growing USA desire to pull out its troops. "I think it is very impressive, we wish him all the luck because we want Saudi Arabia to get stronger", said Imran Khan.

  • Leroy Wright