‘An all-weather friend’: PM Khan praises Saudi Arabia for generous budgetary support

Saudi Vision 2030 and the 'Naya Pakistan' vision have several similarities and complementary fundamentals, leading to mutual growth and corresponding opportunities for both nations in the future.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that Saudi Arabia is Pakistan’s all-weather friend, exuberantly thanking the gulf nation for its generous $3 billion budgetary support.

He added that Saudi Vision 2030 and the ‘Naya Pakistan’ vision have several similarities and complementary fundamentals, leading to mutual growth and corresponding opportunities for both nations in the future.

Speaking to Saudi Arabia’s news outlet, the premier said, “I must say that there are significant complementarities in the socio-economic fundamentals of the “Naya Pakistan” and the Saudi Vision 2030. Both emphasize economic opportunity and diversity, domestic growth, modernization and development, and trade linkages and connectivity.”

The PM said Pakistan could contribute workforce, both skilled and semi-skilled, besides sharing its expertise in other sectors like Information Technology, infrastructure development, and farming.

“We never had the reason to reposition our relations with Saudi Arabia in the wake of regional or international developments – in the past as well in as present times. Relations between the two nations have resisted the test of time,” he noted.

PM Khan said both countries had a special bond for seven decades now. “It is now our earnest desire to transform this relationship into a deep, diverse, and mutually beneficial strategic cooperation.”

“We’re now working to incorporate historical gains by exploring new and non-conventional areas of collaboration. We want our trade relations and investment cooperation to be corresponding with excellent political relations,” he said.

“I’m confident that the Investment Forum would lead to a new dynamism in our investment association.” To a question, he commended the Saudi leadership for introducing reforms in multiple sectors under Vision 2030.

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