Prime Minister Imran Khan met Saudi King Salman on his maiden visit to the Kingdom, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf shared on Wednesday.
The prime minister is also expected to meet the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. During his meeting with the royals, the prime minister will discuss matters of regional and bilateral interest.
On his arrival in Jeddah, PM Khan was presented a guard of honour, PTV News reported. The Saudi King will also host a state banquet for the prime minister at the Royal Court.
This is Khan's first foreign tour as prime minister. Talking to Al Arabiya, he said that "anyone who comes to power in Pakistan will visit Saudi Arabia first” as the two countries share a "strong people to people relationship".
"Saudi Arabia has in the past helped Pakistan when [the country] has been in need," he said.
The prime minister held a meeting with the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as well. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Finance Minister Asad Umar — who is accompanying PM Khan — also met his Saudi counterpart Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan and they discussed "aspects of financial and economic cooperation".
Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry — also part of the premier's delegation — also met the Saudi Minister of Media Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad earlier today. The two discussed ways to expand media cooperation between the two states.
Later today, the prime minister and his delegation will travel to the UAE where they will be received by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two will discuss issues of mutual interest.
The premier, accompanied by Qureshi and the prime minister's adviser on commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood as well as Umer and Chaudhry, landed in Madinah on Tuesday. He was received at the airport by the governor of Medina, Shahzada Faisal Bin Salman, and Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Siddique.
On his arrival in Makkah last night, PM Khan and his delegation performed Umrah. The doors of the Holy Kaaba were opened for the prime minister, where he offered prayers.