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The Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal’s visited Pakistan to usher in a new phase of strategic relations between the two countries through increased co-operation in economic, trade, investment, energy, infra-structural development and housing. The visit came soon after some important developments in the region, like progress in the U.S.Iran deadlock and cooling down of U.S.-Saudi relations which, up till now, had been of an enviable nature. This, along with the changing fortunes in the Syrian civil war, has already caused significant movement in the tectonic plates of the Middle East politics.The quantum of annual bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is at $ 5 billion while remittances from Pakistani expatriates crossed $ 2 billion in 2011. During the visit, the two sides worked on how to improve these statistics and agreed on assistance for economic stability through investments in the local energy sector, trade and export of skilled and semi-skilled manpower to the Kingdom. Saud Al-Faisal also brought a special message from King Abdullah for President Mamnoon Hussain, the contents of which have not been made public.