The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has agreed to relax visa procedures and reduce fees for Pakistanis after the 11th session of the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) that began on Tuesday.

The meeting, in which high-ranked officials of various ministries of both countries participated, is expected to enhance and strengthen bilateral economic relations
between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The decisions taken during the meeting included the simplification of the procedure of business visa issuance in both countries besides rationalising the visa fee on reciprocal basis, the establishment of a Working Group for export of Halal food from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Saudi investment in the construction of the South-North Gas Pipeline, accelerated negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty and exchange of parliamentary delegations.