"We are expecting that we will, God willing, get financial support from Saudi Arabia, most likely this month," one of the senior officials told Reuters, adding it would be around a $4 billion package.
"We've sent $1 billion to Saudi Arabia," he said. Another $1 billion will be repaid to Riyadh next month, a foreign ministry official said. Islamabad had returned $1 billion in July.
Qureshi told Prince Faisal during a joint news conference that Pakistani workers are facing challenges, you know the travel restrictions and you know the issues of vaccination. Saudi Arabia, which bans direct flights from Pakistan, only approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
Prime Minister Imran Khan told a foreign TV that his government and the Pakistan army have the most harmonious relationship and noted that in the past, civilian and military leaderships had had a chequered relationship.
The Kuwaiti government took the decision during a meeting between Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah and Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Kuwait City.
PM met crown prince in Jeddah and held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues. Imran invited Mohammed Bin Salman to visit Pakistan and shared that the goodwill generated by his last visit is still fresh in the minds of people. “He has accepted the invitation.”
Shaukat Tarin, finance adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan, said in a tweet: “I want to thank His Excellency Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the kind gesture.”
Imran said that Saudi Arabia has always extended generous support to Pakistan in its difficult times. "The latest generous gesture by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirms the all-weather friendship between the two states,” he added.
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has directed a study to increase Saudi Arabian investments to $10 billion, from the previous $1 billion announced in August, the news agency reported citing a statement from the Crown Prince.