The Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will soon visit Pakistan, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also claimed that he has shown a willingness to help development initiatives in the country. The premier made his comments a few days after returning from a three-day visit to the kingdom, during which time the crown prince and the premier decided to strengthen their friendship and bilateral ties. Speaking at the passing out parade of the Specialised Training Programme (STP) batch of the National Police Academy in Islamabad today, the premier talked about his meeting with the Saudi prime minister earlier this week. LIVE #APPNews : Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addresses Passing Out Parade of Police Service of Pakistan 48th STP Badge at National Police Academy #Islamabad @PakPMO https://t.co/S2GzUHu6h7 — APP 🇵🇰 (@appcsocialmedia) October 28, 2022 “Earlier this year, a team from the Saudi Development Fund visited Pakistan. During a meeting with me, they complained about delays in projects in Pakistan caused by the previous government,” he recalled. “Trust me, it was very embarrassing. But I asked for some time and got approvals for all the delayed projects within 48 hours,” Shehbaz said. The prime minister said that during his meeting with Prince Salman, he apologised for these delays. “He (Prince Salman) said that the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were closely bound together in a relationship. ‘We are like one family and I am ready to do everything’ […] these were his words. “The Saudi prince also told us to work on projects and to facilitate them without any worries,” PM Shehbaz said, elaborating that the projects included an oil refinery which was worth $10 billion. Hence, he added, when Prince Salman visits Pakistan, “I want all of you to welcome him warmly because he comes from a brotherly country”. The prime minister said that in the last few years, Pakistan’s relations with friendly countries had suffered and promised that he was making all-out efforts to mend ties. “I am visiting China soon and I will request them too. China has been an all-weather friend to us and always stood with Pakistan.” PM Shehbaz also briefly said that there was no reason to “ruin ties with the USA”. However, in the same breath, he promised that the government was trying to mend that relationship as well. “I believe that we should learn from our past mistakes. I swear by God, Pakistan has been blessed, and had we taken advantage of all these blessings, Pakistan would have been the most going (sic) country in the world.” “We have everything in the country. If there is something missing, it is the will to do,” he added. At the outset of his address, the prime minister appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the police in protecting the country from terrorism and crime. He emphasised the need to protect citizens from negative elements and urged the police force to make the counter-terrorism department of Islamabad an example for other provinces. PM Shehbaz claimed that he was actively working to provide relief for flood victims and that plans were being made to secure hundreds of billions of rupees to pay for flood restoration through international channels.