ISLAMABAD – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a telephone call discussed the recent developments on regional and international fronts.
According to a report issued by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation on Saturday, Nawaz expressed full support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the ‘Determination Storm’ operation, asserting that “all potentials of Pakistan army are at Riyadh’s disposal”.
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King Salman thanked the prime minister for his feelings and stressed on the depth of relations between the two countries, the report said.
According to diplomatic sources, Saudi Arabia has also assured its cooperation for the safe evacuation of Pakistanis stranded in Yemen.
Nawaz Sharif on Friday had ordered the Pakistani mission in Yemen to take steps for the immediate evacuation of stranded Pakistani families in the troubled country. According to a statement from the PM House, these instructions were issued keeping in view the deteriorating law and order environment in Yemen.
However, Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif in the National Assembly had elucidated Pakistan’s role in the Yemen conflict, saying that no decision to participate has been taken and that Pakistan has only pledged to safeguard the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). He stressed on Pakistan’s role as ‘facilitator’
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to end the conflicts in the Muslim world.
“Instead of aggravating the situation by participating in it, Pakistan should do what it can to prevent it – for the alliance and unity of the Muslim world,” the defence minister said. “Pakistan is ready to adopt whatever role is needed in order to facilitate the termination of conflicts in the Islamic world.”
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday to counter Iran-backed forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the US-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge.
Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations and that allies Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed full support for Saudia Arabia in the ongoing operation Determination Storm in Yemen, stressing that all potentials of the Pakistani army are offered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
According to SPA, the two leaders, during a telephonic conversation, also reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“The Saudi Arabian King thanked PM Nawaz Sharif for the support, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries,” said SPA.
It may be noted here that PM Nawaz while chairing a high-level meeting discussed recent developments in the Middle East and examined the Saudi Arabia’s request to join the Gulf-led operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
According to a statement issued by PM House two days ago, the Premier had said that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
Special Foreign Adviser to PM, Sartaj Aziz had also confirmed that top Saudi officials had requested Pakistan to join the operation against Yemeni rebels but no decision in this regard has yet been taken.
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