RIYADH: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are looking to expand cooperation in the food sector following talks between Pakistani envoy Raja Ali Ejaz and CEO of the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey in Riyadh.
During the meeting at the SFDA’s headquarters, the Pakistani ambassador and SFDA chief reviewed cooperation between the two countries, including the lifting of a long-imposed ban on the import of certain categories of shrimps from Pakistan into the Kingdom, the Pakistan Embassy told Arab News.
The Pakistan envoy was accompanied by trade attache Amer Hussain. The meeting was also attended by several SFDA officials, including Mohammad Dahas, the executive director (inspections).
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Pakistan in February this year, bringing what was described as a “record investment package” to assist the South Asian country.
Last year, Saudi Arabia pledged a $6 billion aid package for Pakistan to help stave off a balance of payments crisis.
The Saudi government has also agreed to establish a $10 billion oil refinery in the Pakistani port city of Gwadar.