Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge

Upon entry into Pakistan's airspace Mohammad bin Salman airplane was given a warm welcome

Upon entry into Pakistan's airspace Mohammad bin Salman airplane was given a warm welcome

The prince was accompanied by a high-powered delegation, including leading businessmen and cabinet ministers, who shortly after their arrival in Pakistan signed a spate of agreements totaling more than $20bn, according to Prince Mohammed who spoke at a joint press conference later with Khan.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's media minister has denied reports linking him with a £3.8bn takeover of Manchester United.

Under Prince Salman's leadership, Saudi Arabia is at the cusp of path-breaking transformation, he said.

For his part, Pakistan's Khan said that the seven MoUs signed would signify the start of "enhanced relationships" between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The Saudi ministers accompanying the crown prince will meet their Pakistani counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields.

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But his trip, which Islamabad is treating as the biggest state visit in years, risks being overshadowed by escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following a militant attack on Indian security forces in the disputed Kashmir region.

Authorities heightened measures across the capital Islamabad with Prime Minister Imran Khan saying he was personally taking care of the arrangements'.

He was warmly received by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

"We have been a brotherly country, a friendly country to Pakistan".

"The people of Saudi Arabia are fortunate to have the able leadership of the custodian of the two holy mosques and of the energetic crown prince", he added.

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The Pakistani premier reiterated that his country will not allow anyone to attack Saudi Arabia.

Neither Washington or Pakistan confirmed the latest round of talks the Taliban earlier claimed were set to take place in Islamabad. He met Alvi and Gen. Bajwa before the ceremony to discuss Pakistan's role in peace talks between the USA and the Afghan Taliban.

A high-power delegation comprising key Ministers and some prominent businesspersons, besides members of the royal family, are coming with the Crown Prince.

The ministry said bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday, but had no further explanation over the postponement. A red carpet will be rolled out in the PM Office, where the Crown Prince will receive a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute. Both sides strongly condemned the atrocities and human rights violations committed against Muslims around the world.

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