ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from March 4 (today) to 6 on the invitation of Salman bin Abulaziz Al Saud, custodian of two holy mosques.

This will be Nawaz’s first official visit to the Kingdom since assuming the office of Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013 as well as after the installation of King Salman as king.

The PM will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi.

During the visit, the PM will hold talks with the King, perform Umrah and visit Madina to offer prayers at Masjid-e-Nabvi.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are enjoying close fraternal bonds of shared faith and values. Being the Custodian of two holy mosques, the King of Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of every Pakistani. Saudi Arabia also hosts more than 1.7 million Pakistanis whose remittances contribute substantially to the economy of Pakistan. Annual trade volume between the two countries exceeds US$ 4.5 billion.

The PM’s official visit will provide an opportunity to the leadership of the countries to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in the global and regional context.