Since his election in July, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has assiduously courted Saudi Arabia and its close ally the UAE and his efforts look to be paying off. He made Saudi Arabia his first official overseas visit in September, before attending the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh in October when many prominent global figures stayed away.

The kingdom promptly approved a $6bn financial assistance package for Pakistan (MEES, 26 October 2018). And Saudi Arabia is now poised to invest in a refinery project in Pakistan that ought to more than double the country’s refining capacity. (CONTINUED - 943 WORDS)