Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf left for Madina on Sunday on a two- day official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Ahead of leaving on his first official foreign tour as prime minister, Ashraf said he would discuss matters of mutual interest and cooperation in different sectors with Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Dawn reported.

Calling Saudi Arabia a close friend of Pakistan, he said: "We attach great importance to our relations with Saudi Arabia." He said he would also meet the member of Pakistani community living there.

Ashraf will perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, and also offer condolences to the King over the recent demise of former crown prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He is being accompanied by Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah on the tour.


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