PM Khan reaches US on crown prince's special plane

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Dr. Asad M. Khan and Maleeha Lodhi, the country's representative to the United Nations, receives Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York who will attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (PID)
Updated 22 September 2019

PM Khan reaches US on crown prince's special plane

  • Khan’s media adviser praises the crown prince for his 'magnanimous' gesture
  • Says the country is respected in the Muslim world and Khan is viewed as a statesman

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s media adviser on Sunday praised the “magnanimous” gesture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who stopped the Pakistani premier from using a commercial airliner to fly to the United States and arranged a special plane for him to go to New York.
“This happens in bilateral relations,” Iftikhar Durrani told Arab News. “Prime Minister Imran Khan went to Saudi Arabia on a commercial flight. It was the magnanimity of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman that he offered a special plane to him for his travel from Saudi Arabia to the United States.”
Durrani added that both leaders were charismatic and liked each other.
“There is a lot in common between the prime minister and the Saudi crown prince,” he continued. “When the Saudi leader visited Islamabad, he said that the Kingdom wanted to work with Pakistan for a while but was waiting for such leadership. So they have a chemistry. They like each other.”
The prime minister’s adviser maintained that Pakistan was respected in the Muslim world and Khan was widely viewed as a statesman.
“This offer of special plan was a good gesture,” he said. “You should also keep in mind that the crown prince is from the royal family and thinks like a king. So he offered the special plane to his guest who arrived on a commercial flight.”
The prime minister arrived in New York on Saturday to participate in the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly where he hopes to bring international attention to the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir after New Delhi’s decision last month to revoke the limited constitutional autonomy for the disputed Himalayan region.
Durrani informed that the PM would take a commercial flight while returning home since “he is always concerned about public money.”


Kuwait excludes oil carriers from ban on foreign ships to fight coronavirus

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Kuwait excludes oil carriers from ban on foreign ships to fight coronavirus

  • Kuwait reports two new coronavirus cases on Wednesday
SINGAPORE: Kuwait has barred foreign ships, except those carrying oil, from departing to or arriving from several countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a notice seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The Gulf state reported two new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with the infections occurring among people returning from Iran. The new cases bring the total number to 11 in Kuwait, according to a statement by the health ministry.
The notice, dated February 25, has banned ships from and to South Korea, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Iraq. Kuwait has also suspended flights with Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Thailand, Italy and Iraq over the coronavirus.
Oil sector ships are excluded from the ban, the authorities said in a separate notice dated February 25 and seen by Reuters.