Amid heightened security and arrangements in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrived at Pakistan Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi on Sunday.
As he stepped down from the aircraft, the 33-year-old crown prince was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. The premier’s cabinet members and Army Chief of Pakistan Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa were also present at the air base to receive the Saudi guest.
A formation of JF-17 thunder jets and F-16 fighter jets had escorted the plane of the Saudi royal after its entry into the Pakistani airspace. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ─ known as MBS for short — was given a 21-gun salute upon arrival.
In a break from protocol, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan personally drove the Saudi crown prince to PM House, where a welcome ceremony was held in his honour.
The crown prince, who is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was accorded a red carpet welcome and presented a guard of honour at the PM House.
Imran Khan and MBS introduced members of their respective delegations, following which the crown prince planted a sapling.