7 key points from PM Khan, MBS’s dinner speech
We can't say no to Pakistan, says Saudi Crown Prince
ISLAMABAD: A lot of important things were said by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at dinner yesterday (Sunday). Here are seven key points from the joint speech of the prime minister and the crown prince at dinner yesterday.
1. “We cannot say no to Pakistan”
Right after the prime minister got up to make a special request to the crown prince to release Pakistani labourers in Saudi Arabia and have immigration processes of Pakistani pilgrims in the three major cities of Pakistan, the crown prince responded:-
“Mr Prime Minister, consider me as the ambassador of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia,” he said, as Imran Khan smiled and clapped. “Stay rest assured, we will take care of it.”
2. The interesting exchange between the two Heads of State on tourism
“I was passionate about tourism but in the car when you spoke about it with such determination, I was actually worried,” said Prime Minister Khan and everyone laughed. “But stay rest assured–Pakistan does not have 18 million tourists like Saudi Arabia but we have better mountain tourism than you,” he said, and everyone laughed.
3. When the crown prince spoke of investment between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
“We have signed MoUs of about $20 billion, I believe,” he said. “This investment will grow bigger by the month and by the year and will be beneficial for both countries,” he added.
4. When MBS said that Pakistan had a great future
“Pakistan faces a great future with a great leadership,” he said. “We look forward to working with such a leadership in the future as well.”
5. When MBS praised Pakistan’s economic growth
“Pakistan’s GDP grew by five percent last year, so we believe Pakistan is going to be a very, very important country in the future and we want to be a part of that,” he said.
6. When MBS said that Pakistan was the first country in the east that he had visited
“This is my first trip east after becoming the crown prince and Pakistan is the first country that I have come to,” he said.
7. When PM Khan selflessly spoke for the people of Pakistan
Prime Minister seized the opportunity to make a special request to the crown prince and demanded the immigration process of Pakistani pilgrims to be held in the three major cities of Pakistan. He also made a second request for the labourers.
“These people are very close to my heart,” said the prime minister, referring to Pakistani labourers working in Saudi Arabia. “They leave their families and go to Saudi Arabia to seek livelihood and don’t see their families for months. There are some 3,000 prisoners in Saudi Arabia. Think of them as your own people,” he said.