PM Imran Khan will be accorded special protocol in Saudi Arabia by Royal Family: Sources

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PM Imran Khan will be accorded special protocol in Saudi Arabia by Royal Family: Sources

RIYADH – Prime Minister Imran Khan will be accorded special protocol by King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince in his maiden visit to Saudi Arabia.

PM Khan on Tuesday will land in Riyadh on his first foreign visit since assuming office as country’s premier.

The foreign visit has been arranged on invitations from King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The visit comes at time when Islamabad is facing balance-of-payments crisis and is looking for loans from allies in bid to avoid another International Monetary Fund (IMF) package.

"The Prime Minister will call on His Majesty King Salman and hold a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince," it said, adding that the king will also host a special state banquet for the prime minister at the royal court.

"The Prime Minister will meet Saudi leadership and will discuss regional and international issues," another senior government official told AFP.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has already arrived in Beijing on an three-day official visit, the military said Sunday.

"During the visit COAS (Bajwa) will interact with various Chinese leaders including his counterpart," it said.