ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will leave today (Sunday) on two-day official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This would be Prime Minister’s first foreign visit after assuming his office.

During the visit the Prime Minister would meet Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz to discuss host of issues including bilateral relations, economic cooperation and issues of regional and international importance.

His family and federal minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah would accompany the Prime Minister.

According to official sources, the Prime Minister and members of his entourage would perform Umrah shortly after their arrival in the Kingdom on Sunday.

On Monday he would hold meeting with King Abdullah to discuss matters of bilateral and regional importance.

“Two key issues including import of petroleum products and reconciliation process in Afghanistan would dominate Prime Minister’s meeting with King Abdullah”, a senior official in the Foreign Office to TheNation.

Sources maintained that import of POL products was one of the important issues on the agenda of Prime Minister meeting with King Abdullah as Pakistan was facing difficulties to secure these supplies from Iran because of the US sanctions against Iran.

Similarly, the Prime Minister would try to lure Saudi investors to invest in Pakistan, sources added.

As regards regional situation, the Prime Minister would discuss with King Abdullah Afghanistan issue with main focus on Pakistan’s role as facilitator in the reconciliation process.

Pakistan’s relations with the United States would also come under discussion and Prime Minister would take on board the Saudi King over Pakistan’s decision of reopening Nato ground supplies.