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Saudi Prince 'snubbed' Imran Khan; called back private plane given to him during US visit: Report

File photo: Imran Khan Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 07, 2019, 01.51 PM (IST)

A Pakistani magazine, Friday times has made a startling revelation. Claiming that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had recalled his jet that flew Prime Minister Imran Khan to New York.

The report claims that the snub came after Prince Mohammad bin Salman felt alienated with some dimensions of Imran khan's diplomacy on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York last month. Following which the Saudi Prince asked Imran Khan's flight from the US to return midway.

Interestingly, Imran Khan had visited Saudi Arabia before attending the 74th session of the United Nations meeting in New York. It is then that the crown prince has asked the Pakistani prime minister not to travel in a commercial flight to the US. He had reportedly offered his private jet instead.

Later, it was reported that the plane had developed a snag while Imran Khan was flying from New York to Islamabad on September 28. The entire Pakistani delegation had to return to New York.

The Friday Times has also claimed that there was no technical issue and that Imran Khan was made to return to the airport.

The Pakistani government has denied all the claims made by the magazine. Calling it a 'cooked up story'. Also asserting that Imran Khan and Saudi crown continue to share good relations.

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Imran Khan had visited Saudi Arabia before attending the 74th session of the United Nations meeting in New York.