Saudi companies encouraged to invest in Pakistan

Mian Arshad

Islamabad—The visiting Minister and Advisor Saudi Royal Court Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Monday, said that his government would encourage different Saudi Arabian companies to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan. In a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, he shared the desire of the Saudi leadership for increasing efforts to enhance economic cooperation which could be reflective of the deep rooted relations between the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar thanked Al Khateeb for his visit and asked him to convey best wishes and respects to Khadim al Haramain Shareefain and the Saudi leadership. Earlier, while welcoming the visiting Saudi dignitary, Dar said both the countries Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were bound by strong feelings of Islamic brotherhood and enjoy exemplary ties. He said the present government led by Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif wishes to further consolidate the brotherly relations and take them to even greater heights, encompassing all important spheres of cooperation.
Meanwhile British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Monday. They exchanged views on human trafficking, organized crimes, security issues and bilateral ties. The British High Commissioner also called on Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar to discuss bilateral ties with Pakistan.
They hoped that cooperation in various fields will further increase mutual interests of both the countries. Finance Minister said that government is focusing on economic development and creation of job opportunities. He said that foreign investment can play a key role in the process. He appreciated UK’s support for the social sector, health, agriculture, disaster management and poverty alleviation.

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