Over 120 Saudi Royal Guards in Pakistan ahead of Crown Prince MbS visit

ISLAMABAD: Some 123 Saudi Arabian Royal Guards arrived in Pakistan Tuesday night as preparations for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the country were completed.

According to diplomatic sources, the 123 guards will be continuously on duty for the security of the Mohammed bin Salman, commonly known as MbS, during his visit to Islamabad.

He will arrive in Pakistan on February 16 for a two-day visit, according to the Saudi ambassador, and is expected to stay at the Prime Minister House during his visit.

A gym has also been set up in the Prime Minister House for the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia.

Security arrangements for the Prime Minister House as well as eight other private hotels in the Pakistani capital city have been handed over to the Saudi Royal Guards and the Pakistan Army.

MbS will be accompanied by various other Saudi princes and key members of the royal family during his long-planned trip. The delegation will be using 300 cars in the city, solely reserved for them, during the course of their visit.

Earlier, on Monday, the Saudi Crown Prince's security team reached Pakistan and visited various places across the federal capital to review security arrangements, sources had said.

“A team of doctors and a delegation of Saudi media persons who will cover Mohammed bin Salman’s tour have also reached Islamabad,” the sources had added.

Earlier, diplomatic sources had informed that a trade deal worth $14 billion would be signed between Pakistan and the Kingdom during the visit. The trade deal would be the biggest foreign investment in the country's history.

In October, last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Riyadh where he tried to woo potential investors and secure funds to overcome the nation's ongoing balance of payment crisis.
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