Saudi Arabia to invest $1bn in Pakistan

Saudi Arabia to invest $1bn in Pakistan

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has issued a notice to invest $1 billion in Pakistan, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Thursday. 

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah informed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari of the King’s directive during a phone call, said the state agency. 

This news was announced a day after the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) stated that it plans to invest $3 billion in Pakistan. 

The Qatari investment will focus majorly on the airports in Islamabad and Karachi, as well as the renewable energy and power sectors, and hospitality industry.

This was declared during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s two-day official visit to Qatar, when he met with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Both parties agreed to strengthen institutional engagement to increase bilateral trade, collaborate in the agriculture and food sectors, and boost Qatar’s investments in the sectors of energy, tourism and hospitality in Pakistan. 

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