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

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, is in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip.

Khan arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday and will later travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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

He is expected to meet leaders in the kingdom on Wednesday before traveling to Abu Dhabi.

Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE provide vital overseas jobs for Pakistanis abroad. Saudi Arabia in particular maintains close security ties to Pakistan, while its Muslim holy sites draw many Pakistani pilgrims each year.

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