Pakistan has potential to become a big economy by 2030: Saudi Crown Prince

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Five Pakistani prisoners released by Saudi Arabia reach Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has said Pakistan has the potential to become a big economy by 2030.
He was addressing a joint press conference, along with Prime Minister Imran Khan, at Noor Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi on Monday afternoon.
The Crown Prince said Saudi Arabia believes in the future of Pakistan and it will continue to do more for the development and progress of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for ordering release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi jails on minor charges.
He said with this gesture, the Crown Prince has become a popular figure in Pakistan as the entire Pakistani nation is thankful for his act of kindness in releasing the detained people.
Imran Khan said relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are increasing in investment spheres. He said geo-strategic location of Pakistan offers tremendous opportunities for the region.
Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa saw off the crown prince.
Earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was conferred upon highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Pakistan at an impressive investiture ceremony at the President House.
President Dr Arif Alvi conferred upon the award.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and services chiefs were also present on the occasion.
Later, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, developing, and elimination of corruption.
Addressing a luncheon ceremony held in honor of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Islamabad today, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, development, and elimination of corruption.
He said it is a very golden era for Pakistan as it is open for investment.
The President said we bravely fought terrorism and we are now standing at an era, where there will be increasing prosperity and peace in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the region.
He thanked the Crown Prince for signing various Memorandums of Understanding for huge investment in Pakistan. He said it is the first phase of Saudi investments and the second phase will take place soon.
Dr Arif Alvi said like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has huge tourism potential as it is situated at the crossroad of various regions.
He invited Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to visit Pakistan and urged Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit northern areas of Pakistan, which present one of the best mountain attractions in the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said brotherly relationships between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are focused on the principle of Islamic solidarity.
He acknowledged contribution of Pakistani diaspora for the development of Saudi Arabia, especially in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque and Masjid-e-Nabavi. He said over two million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and contributing a lot in the development of the kingdom and Pakistan.
Earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrived at the President House in the traditional Presidential chariot along with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A special contingent of Presidential security guards escorted the chariot.
President Dr Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain warmly received the Crown Prince at the main gate of the President House.
Upon arrival, a bouquet of flowers was presented to the Saudi guest.

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