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Pakistan’s new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia, UAE

September 19, 2018
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, visits the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Khan, a former cricketer, is on a tour of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as part of his first overseas trip since taking office. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan’s new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his first official overseas trip.

Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and later traveled to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

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 on Wednesday, where he met with Saudi King Salman at a luncheon at Peace Palace.

Khan arrived in the UAE on Wednesday night and was met by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE provide vital overseas jobs for Pakistanis abroad. Saudi Arabia in particular maintains close security ties to Pakistan.

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