Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomes Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he arrives in Islamabad.
Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia was welcomed with a 21-gun boom in Pakistan on Sunday. The royal descendant began touring Asia for months after he had been tainted by his alleged ties to a journalist killing.
The late Prince, widely known as "MBS," began his diplomatic trip to the capital, Islamabad, where he was preparing to sign a package of investment deals worth billions, which Pakistan hopes to provide a relief for his economy.
The MBS was adopted by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and by the powerful General Army General Camar Jave Bayva when he stepped on the red carpet in a military air defense front near Islamabad.
Two-day visit to Pakistan is against a backdrop of high tension in the region: India and Iran's rival Iranian Saudi Iran ̵
The Asian trip comes five months after the assassination of journalist Jamal Hashogi, a fierce critic of MBS at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, provoked a diplomatic crisis
But for analysts the tour in Asia – the largest exodus on the international scene for the Saudi King from his participation in the G20 meeting in Ar December 1965 is a demonstration of the West that he still has friends in rising Asia.
He "wants to show that he is not an international pariah," said James M. Dorsey, a researcher at the School of International Studies in St. Petersburg. Rajaraman in Singapore
It is a matter of proving that he still has "international access and can function … as the highest representative of Saudi Arabia outside the king."
Prince's journey also includes an important economic component. 19659004] "China is the largest buyer of raw materials in Saudi Arabia, and other major Saudi Arabian customers are Asian: India, Japan, South Korea," said Dorsey. ; and the future growth of the world economy will be in Asia, said Karen Young, an analyst at the American Entrepreneurship Institute
Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes its long-standing ally Saudi Arabia will throw the economy a rescue line – specifically in the form of a $ 10 billion investment in a refinery and oil complex in the southwestern part of the county.
Prime Minister Khan has already been to Saudi Arabia twice since he came to power last summer. the visit to Islamabad comes as the Taliban postpones a round of talks with the US that will be held this week in Pakistan, according to a spokesman for the group.
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are part of a one-month pressure led by Washington to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
Neither Washington nor Pakistan reaffirmed last round of talks that the Taliban have claimed before