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Opp leaders not invited at dinner in honor of Saudi prince

Opp leaders not invited at dinner in honor of Saudi prince
February 15, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The federal government on Friday decided not to invite the opposition leaders at the dinner that will be hosted in honor of Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman. According to the sources, Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari have also not been invited. Meanwhile, the dinner will be hosted at the Prime Minister House on Saturday and at the President House on Sunday. It is worth mentioning here that the leaders from the opposition were invited during the high-level visits in the past. It was also reported that the government took the decision due to ongoing tensions with the opposition.
All set to accord royal welcome to Saudi Prince
All arrangements have been finalized to accord a royal welcome to Saudi prince who arrives in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day official visit on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Arrangements for the royal guest were reviewed in a meeting of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting also approved agreements to be signed with Saudi Arabia. Pakistani fighter jets will salute him on his entry to the Pakistani territory. The security of the Saudi Crown Prince has been assigned to Triple-1 Brigade. The Crown Prince will be accompanied by a high-powered delegation including members of the Saudi Royal family, key ministers and leading businessmen. This will be the first state-level visit of the dignitary to Pakistan since his elevation to the position of the Crown Prince in April 2017. During his visit, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman will call on the President Dr Arif Alvi. He will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. A Senate delegation will also call on the Crown Prince to discuss ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. The Saudi ministers accompanying the Crown Prince will meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields.During his stay, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will be signing a number of agreements and MoUs in diverse sectors. The two countries will also discuss ways and means to develop a robust follow-up mechanism to ensure effective implementation and quick progress on tangible areas of cooperation.