Khan is anticipated to visit Riyadh on May 7 on the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Bajwa was obtained by Pakistan’s recently-appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Lt-Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar and Saudi navy officers, officers stated.
He is anticipated to satisfy prime Saudi civil and navy management in what appears to be half of the preparation of PM Khan’s scheduled visit to Riyadh.
The visit of Bajwa and the upcoming journey of Khan is seen as vital as these developments counsel a thaw in ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have loved longstanding strategic relationship, which in current years met with sure street blocks. The first blow got here in 2015 when Pakistan refused to ship troops to hitch the Saudi-led navy marketing campaign in Yemen. The relationship returned to some normalcy after Islamabad joined the Saudi-led Islamic navy alliance in opposition to terrorism.
However, the historic ties between the 2 nations suffered a severe setback in 2019 when Pakistan pledged assist for a Malaysian initiative to construct a rival bloc of Muslim nations and in addition organised a summit.
Though Pakistan withdraw from the summit after Saudi Arabia warned of severe penalties, the connection between the 2 international locations turned so tense that Islamabad needed to return USD 3 billion mortgage to Riyadh.
It was uncommon that Saudi Arabia requested for the return of mortgage as on earlier events it had both rolled over the mortgage or transformed into grant.
Later, behind the scenes hectic efforts had been made to normalise the frayed ties, resulting in revival of excessive degree contact and a telephonic dialog between Prime Minister Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in March. It was the primary contact between the 2 leaders in 15 months.
It is believed that the change of management in Washington additionally had a sobering affect on Bin Salman as US President Joe Biden withdrew assist to the Yemen battle and in addition seemed decided to not ignore the difficulty of human rights in Saudi Arabia.
The Biden administration’s intention to revive the Iran nuclear deal additionally pushed Saudi Arabia to revisit its technique.
Pakistan, however, want low-cost Saudi oil and funding because it struggles to stabilise its economic system. Bin Salman visited Pakistan after Khan got here to energy and promised funding of over USD 20 billion in completely different tasks.
Officials stated Khan would attempt to expedite Saudi funding in an oil refinery which Bin Salman had promised to construct.