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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman speaks out on takeover reports

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman speaks out on takeover reports

Pakistan on Monday conferred its highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his "outstanding support" in reinvigorating the ties between the two countries. During their officials talks, the Crown Prince conveyed greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Imran Khan.

Shortly after his arrival, Prince Mohammad, accompanied by a high-powered delegation including leading businessmen and Cabinet ministers, attended a signing ceremony for the investment agreements worth $20 billion. -AFP Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with MBS. "We can not commit to 2030 but we will reach that [figure] one day", he said.

The formations of PAF's JF-17 Thunder and F-16 Falcons escorted the special Boeing 788 aircraft of the royal dignitary from the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in the south to the Nur Khan Air Base on the fringes of the Margalla Hills in Islamabad.

Khan himself drove the prince to the prime minister's residence, where he was met by an honour guard.

The Saudis, after initially denying they knew anything of Khashoggi's disappearance, finally acknowledged that a team killed him inside the consulate, but described it as a rogue operation that did not involve the crown prince.

Delhi has vowed to retaliate after a suicide blast which killed 41 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir on Thursday, the deadliest attack in the disputed Himalayan region in decades. While Saudi Arabia has condemned the Pulwama attack, the visit was not called off.

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He said Federation Internationale de Football Association has not discussed imposing sanctions on either Bahrain or Thailand over the case.

In October 2017, United agreed a strategic partnership in Saudi Arabia with the country's General Sports Authority (GSA).

The two countries made a decision to establish a Joint Supreme Coordination Council co-chaired by the Saudi Crown Prince and Pakistan's Prime Minister for enhancing and institutionalizing the bilateral relations in various fields.

Managing the India-Pakistan minefield will test Prince Mohammed's diplomatic skills.

The crown prince's visit marks a deepening of ties between allies whose relationship has in the past centred on oil-rich Saudi Arabia backing Pakistan's economy during hard periods, and in return Pakistan's powerful army lending support to Saudi Arabia and its royal family.

"The founding fathers for both countries established these relations on the principles of truthfulness, common understanding and mutual respect that go back to the first days of the establishment of Pakistan, post-World War II", he said. At places cultural troupe depicting the regional culture seemed welcoming the Saudi Crown Prince by presenting traditional dance.

At the end of the visit, the Crown Prince thanked the Prime Minister for his warm hospitality.

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