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The story: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to strengthen relations with the two traditional allies of Islamabad. Sharif’s first foreign tour since taking office comes as Pakistan’s economy grapples with inflation and currency devaluation. Both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have reportedly agreed to help ease Islambad’s economic woes—likely in exchange for a greater security partnership.
The coverage: The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that Sharif arrived in Saudi Arabia on Apr. 28 for a three-day visit. He was received by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (MbS) at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Apr. 30. SPA published a joint statement following the visit which highlighted the focus of the Pakistani prime minister’s consultations with Saudi officials...
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