Saudi Arabia Welcomes Pakistan’s New Islamist Leader Imran Khan

Pakistan parties demand new elections as Khan wins vote
AFP AAMIR QURESHI

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan’s new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, is in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip.

Khan arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday and will later travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

While in Saudi Arabia, Khan traveled to Medina and visited the Prophet’s Mosque. He then flew to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia’s port city on the Red Sea.

He is expected to meet leaders in the kingdom on Wednesday before traveling to Abu Dhabi.

Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE provide vital overseas jobs for Pakistanis abroad. Saudi Arabia in particular maintains close security ties to Pakistan, while its Muslim holy sites draw many Pakistani pilgrims each year.

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