Saudi foreign minister due in Islamabad today

Published: January 7, 2016


ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Bin Ahmed al Jubeir is arriving in Islamabad today (Thursday) to share details with Pakistani authorities regarding the newly-formed alliance of Islamic countries against terrorism and extremism.

Jubeir was originally supposed to visit last Sunday but delayed his trip due to the situation arising out of escalation in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of a prominent Shia cleric by the Kingdom.

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The Saudi minister will meet Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during his stay. He will also call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif.

His visit comes at a time when Pakistan is trying to follow a delicate path in order to preempt any negative fallout of rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A senior official told The Express Tribune that Pakistan is seeking a de-escalation of tensions between the two key Muslim countries and that it is ready to act as a mediator instead of taking sides.

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Officially, Pakistan voiced deep concerns over the Saudi-Iran row and warned that dark forces of extremism and terrorism could take advantage of this division between the Muslim countries.

This supercharged atmosphere has even put Pakistan in the tight corner as far as its role in the Saudi-led 34-nation alliance is concerned, which is going to be the main talking point between Jubeir and authorities in Islamabad.

After initial confusion, Pakistan announced its participation in the alliance but said the scope of its participation was yet to be decided.

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Sources said the Saudi foreign minister will share details of the alliance.

The alliance does not include countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2016.


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Reader Comments (6)

  • Jan 7, 2016 - 12:55PM

    Marhaba MarhabaRecommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 7, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Notwithstanding our own challenges, Pakistan needs to man-up to its regional responsibilities. There are expectations that our friends have of us and we should be up to the task. The world is a changed placed and you simply cannot afford to loose or weaken your alliances. We should play a crucial role in bringing Saudi and Iran to a negotiating table and strive hard for regional peace. This is an opportunity for Pakistan to act mature and take a clear stance otherwise the conflict can have severe repercussions for the region as well as our country (whether we like it or not).
    But first, could the Pakistani foreign minister please stand up?Recommend

  • Observer
    Jan 7, 2016 - 1:56PM

    You are alone in your follies.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 7, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Some serious arm twisting expected in Islamabad today. I hope we stand our ground and say no to this new global mess Saudia is about create.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jan 7, 2016 - 3:01PM

    The issue of Bangladesh is same as issue of KAS. If we not allow anyone to interfere the matter of KSA then we also not allow anyone to interfere the matter of Bangladesh.

    Only KSA is allow to interfere internal and external affair of all Arab countries and order them to withdraw ambassador to Tehran

    Lesson from story is might is rightRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 7, 2016 - 8:51PM

    @Acorn Guts:
    “Some serious arm twisting expected in Islamabad today.”

    Yes, they already have Rawalpindi in their pockets. Recommend

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