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PM Imran, Saudi King Salman discuss bilateral ties

RIYADH (Muslim Times) – Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Tuesday.

They exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional and global political situation and expressed their desire to further enhance and diversify bilateral cooperation.

Matters pertaining to mutual interest, trade, investment and economic ties also came under discussion during the meeting.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, and Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood accompanied the prime minister.

Earlier, the prime minister addressed the Future Investment Initiative Conference in which he reiterated his pledge to tackle corruption.

“Corrupt elite systematically destroys state-institutions to shield their corruption. We are taking initiatives to strengthen state-institutions,” he said.

Imran Khan told participants that his government would follow into the footprints of China to plummet wide-spread corruption. “In the past five years, Beijing has significantly clamped down on corruption,” he said.

On economic quagmire, the prime minister stated that Pakistan has approached International Monetary Fund (IMF) and friendly countries. “To bolster forex reserves, exports should be increased,” he added.

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