Prime Minister Imran Khan likely to visit Saudi Arabia at Crown Prince ‘invitation’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will likely visit Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman to attend the Green Initiative Middle East conference, ARY NEWS reported.

According to sources familiar with the development, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Bin Said Al-Maliki extended an invitation from Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman to Imran Khan.

The prime minister is likely to attend the Green Initiative Middle East conference scheduled for October 23-25.

In a recent conversation between Imran Khan and Muhammed bin Salman, the Prime Minister recalled the two historic initiatives announced by the Crown Prince to combat the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation and thanked him for inviting him to participate in the launching ceremony of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI), scheduled for Riyadh in October this year.

In March 2021, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on the leaders of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq and Sudan to discuss a massive regional tree-planting project.

“The Middle East Green Initiative aims, in partnership with countries in the region, to plant 50 billion trees as the largest reforestation program in the world,” SPA said.

The crown prince on Saturday unveiled the ambitious campaign that sees Saudi Arabia plant 10 billion trees over the next decades and work with other Arab states to plant an additional 40 billion trees to reduce carbon emissions and fight pollution and land degradation.

SPA added that the initiative also aims “to improve the efficiency of oil production and increase the contribution of renewable energies, in addition to multiple efforts to preserve the marine and coastal environment, and increase the percentage of natural reserves”.

The Saudi Green Initiative is part of Prince’s Vision 2030 plan to reduce his dependence on oil revenues and improve quality of life.

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