Pakistan

Pakistan reaffirms commitment to defend Saudi integrity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday reiterated its stance over Yemen-Saudi conflict, vowing to defend Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, ARY News reported.

Delivering policy statement in his live address to the nation, the Prime Minister said Pakistan does not abandon friends and strategic partners especially at a time when their security is under threat.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said some media reports were creating misunderstanding between Pakistan and Arab countries.

Pakistan would intensify its diplomatic efforts in coming days in consultations with leadership of Saudi Arabia to resolve Yemeni crisis, he added.

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Read more: UAE warns Pakistan of “heavy price” over ambiguous stand on Yemen

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“Pakistan condemns offensive of Houthi rebels in Yemen and wants restoration of legitimate government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the Arab country.”

Mr. Sharif reaffirmed that “We stand by Saudia, any threat to Saudia’s integrity will evoke strong response from Pakistan.”

The PM said Pakistan attaches importance to sanctity of the two holy mosques and full support to their custodian.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan has conveyed its firm assurance to Saudi brothers that we shall stand shoulder to shoulder with them.

He said the resolution passed by the Parliament on 10th of this month fully endorses these principles and strengthens the hands to the Government for playing a positive and constructive role.

Pakistan resolution

Pakistan‘s parliament on April 10 (Friday) voted to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels.

A unanimous resolution passed by a special session of parliament backed the government’s commitment to protect Saudi Arabia’s territory, which has so far not been threatened by the conflict.

UAE reaction

On the other side, the UAE on Friday strongly condemned a Pakistani decision to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against Houthi rebels.

“The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous confrontation, its strategic security is on the edge, and the moment of truth distinguishes between the real ally and the ally of media and statements,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash tweeted after a unanimous resolution passed by a special session of Pakistan’s parliament.

Gargash said Pakistan is required to show a clear stand in favour of its strategic relations with the six-nation Arab Gulf cooperation Council, as contradictory and ambiguous views on this serious matter will have a “heavy price” to pay.

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