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PM decides to take parliament into confidence on Saudi trip

ISLAMABAD: The PTI government has decided to take the Parliament into confidence on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to Saudi Arabia this week, ARY News reported.

Sources privy to this development say the prime minister held consultations with the senior leadership of his party following his visit to the kingdom.

He decided to take the parliament into confidence on the recommendation of the party leadership.

The prime minister will give a policy statement with regard to this trip, apprising the lower house of Parliament about his talks with Saudi leadership.

After the PM’s maiden visit to Saudi Arabia, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said that Islamabad has invited the kingdom to invest in the multi-billion dollar infrastructure corridor.

“Saudi Arabia is the first country whom we have invited to join CPEC as third partner,” Mr Chaudhry said.

He said a Saudi delegation including the finance and energy ministers will visit Pakistan in the first week of October to lay the foundations for “big financial cooperation” between the two countries.

He did not give further details of the new “partnership”, but said Saudi Arabia would have direct investments in major projects under the proposal.

“So now in CPEC, our third strategic partner and economic partner will be Saudi Arabia and by the grace of God huge investments will come from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan,” he said.

China’s massive “Belt and Road” initiative seeks to revive ancient trade routes through a massive rail and maritime network via $1 trillion in investments across Asia and Europe.

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