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Saudi Arabia Plans to Invest $14 Billion in Oil Refinery in Pakistan

The recent agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia marks a significant milestone in their bilateral relations and economic partnership. With Saudi Arabia increasing its deposits in the State Bank of Pakistan by $2 billion, the total reaching $5 billion, both countries are reaffirming their commitment to fostering mutual growth and cooperation.

This development, disclosed by Mohammad AlQahtani, CEO of Saudi Arabia Holding Co, highlights the trust and confidence Saudi Arabia has in Pakistan’s economic stability and potential for growth. It also reflects Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen its financial reserves and bolster its economy through strategic partnerships.

The agreement was finalized during discussions between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, indicating the high-level engagement and commitment to deepening ties between the two nations. The meeting, held at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah, focused on various aspects of cooperation, including economic investments, trade, and mutual support.

The commitment to expedite the implementation of a previously announced $5 billion investment package demonstrates the seriousness of both parties in translating their agreements into tangible actions. This investment package, coupled with the additional investments in oil refinery and copper mines, underscores Saudi Arabia’s role as a key partner in Pakistan’s economic development.

The establishment of a new oil refinery and copper mines in Pakistan aligns with both countries’ strategic interests. For Pakistan, it represents an opportunity to enhance its energy security and boost its industrial capacity. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its investments and strengthen its presence in key sectors of Pakistan’s economy.

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