Pakistan fighter jets escort Saudi crown prince’s jet in Asia tour

Pakistan fighter jets escort Saudi crown prince’s jet in Asia tour

Pakistan fighter jets escort Saudi crown prince’s jet in Asia tour

Written by Reuters

18 Feb, 2019 | 3:37 pm

Reuters – Pakistan sent fighter jets to guide the plane of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his arrival for a high-profile visit to the country on Sunday (February 17).

Prince Mohammed on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India.

“It is the PAF’s (Pakistan Air Force) unique tradition of welcoming the visiting heads of states/governments of brotherly countries whenever they are on their official visits to Pakistan,” the PAF media wing said in a statement.

Kicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the crown prince said the $20 billion figure represents only the start of an economic tie-up that would bring the historic Muslim allies even closer.

Saudi Arabia has in recent months helped keep Pakistan’s economy afloat by propping up its rapidly dwindling foreign exchange reserves with a $6 billion loan, giving Islamabad breathing room as it negotiates a bailout with the International Monetary Fund.

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