Islamabad stands by Riyadh in Saudi Arabia-Canada diplomatic row

Published: August 9, 2018
Dr Mohammad Faisal. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Dr Mohammad Faisal. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Dr Mohammad Faisal. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE Dr Mohammad Faisal. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the ongoing diplomatic row between the kingdom and Canada.

During the weekly briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal told reporters that Islamabad was following with “immense concern” the crisis between the two countries.

He added that Pakistan has shown its solidarity with Riyadh in this regard.

Recently, the diplomatic spat began after Canada criticised Saudi Arabia for the treatment being meted out to women rights activists in the kingdom. The move sparked prompt action from Riyadh, which suspended trade and expelled the Canadian envoy to the KSA.

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“Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states,” the FO spokesperson stressed.

“Both these aspects are enshrined in the UN Charter and are among the basic tenets of international law, and the foundation of peaceful and friendly inter-state relations,” he added.

“We fully agree with the statement of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation secretary general that Saudi Arabia enjoys immense respect at the regional and international level, as it does among the people of Pakistan,” Faisal said.

Islamabad stand by the kingdom in protecting its sovereignty not only as a matter of principle but also based on the close Pak-Saudi ties, he added.


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  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 9, 2018 - 10:57PM

    Till Pakistan will depend on loans,aids,free oil etc,there will be no foreign policy.As Pakistan’s eyes on 4 Billions loans from Saudi Arab.No other way than support Saudi Arab on this issue.Recommend

  • Kehkashan Mirza
    Aug 10, 2018 - 1:59AM

    Of course! Pakistan must side with those who just killed a mere 29 children in Yemen not to count the countless it did in its own pathetic ‘cuntry’. Pakistan is soon going to try and catch up with such crimes because just having people disappear without a trace may not be approved by its Saudi masters. Half, if not all the so called Foreign Office would give anything to emigrate to Canada…not Saudi.Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 10, 2018 - 6:09AM

    Sometimes not saying anything is better. IK should learn the importance of silence.Recommend

  • urban behavior
    Aug 10, 2018 - 6:29AM

    Open support to SA was not necessary.The foreign office.should know that there are hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis settled in Canada.Recommend

  • Ram
    Aug 10, 2018 - 6:34AM

    Oh…It is Muslim brotherhood n Greed of charity only. BestRecommend

  • Kashif Naqvi
    Aug 10, 2018 - 7:24AM

    Yes, indeed we would be standing alongside KSA as our own record on human rights is as shiny as Saudi’sRecommend

  • salman
    Aug 10, 2018 - 11:04AM

    Good. Western countries should learn to mind their own business. Every now and than they put Pakistan on sanctions in the name of human rights violation,blasphemy law etc. Recommend

  • Mr Keema
    Aug 10, 2018 - 2:50PM

    Why exactly are we “immensely concern” ? Don’t we have better things to do than being the Saudi’s perpetual lapdog ?Recommend

  • iqbal malik
    Oct 23, 2018 - 9:54PM

    what a slimy statement, they do know how people are treated in saudia, worse than animalsRecommend

  • Ahmad
    Oct 25, 2018 - 1:38PM

    Human Rights? Pakistan? LOL Recommend

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