Pakistan

Saudi-led military alliance not against any country: Foreign Sec.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said that Saudi Arabia-led Islamic Military Alliance is against terrorism and not against any particular country.

The Foreign Secretary speaking during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs assured that Pakistan remains committed to policy of non-interference in the conflicts of Muslim countries.

She also discussed the clearance given to former Army Chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif to lead the Saudi Arabia-led military alliance.

“The Islamic military alliance is against terrorism, not any (specific) country,” said Janjua in response to a question by committee chairman Awais Leghari.

Ms. Janjua ruled out any change in Pakistan’s policy regarding Iran, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. She said Pakistan is trying to reduce tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

She also addressed concerns that the decision of the former army chief to lead the alliance will complicate ties with Iran, and asserted that Raheel Sharif will not act against Iran as the head of the military alliance.

“Pakistan and Iran enjoy cordial and brotherly relations and have no border dispute between them,” she said saying that trade with Iran will touch new heights after easing international sanctions.

 

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