RIYADH - Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia has received extra ordinary coverage in Arab Media.
His visit has been highlighted in the Gulf media as ‘start of a new era’.
The prime minister arrived in Medina Tuesday on his first foreign visit since coming to power, with speculation swirling that he may be seeking economic assistance from the oil-rich ally.
The two-day trip began exactly one month after Khan assumed office, with Pakistan possibly seeking billions of dollars in assistance from allies as it seeks to avert a balance-of-payments crisis.
“Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE will start a new era,” headlined Gulf News.
The major newspapers of the region highlighted the visit on their front pages and as top story on their websites.
Soon after landing in Medina, the premier was escorted to the Prophet’s Mosque in heavy security where offered Maghrib prayers and Nawafil in Riaz-ul-Jannah.
In Makkah, the prime minister was greeted warmly at the Grand Mosque by a large crowd when he went there to perform Umrah.
Doors of the Holy Kaaba were exclusively opened for Imran Khan by the Saudi authorities.