Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday as part of the ongoing visit by the Arab envoys.
The visiting dignitaries appreciated Pakistan’s role for peace and stability in the region and assured of their full support to resolve the situation created by India’s unilateral steps in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)
Addressing the foreign ministers, the army chief said Pakistan is proud of its special strategic and brotherly relationship with KSA and UAE, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The military’s media wing added that matters of mutual interest including growing bilateral ties and security situation in the region were also discussed in the meeting.
Both leaders arrived together on Wednesday and visited Islamabad in an unprecedented move, seen by many as an effort by the two key Arab countries to reassure their support to Pakistan.
They held formal talks at the foreign office with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and then detailed discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan has requested Saudi Arabia and UAE to take a ‘clear and unambiguous’ position on the Kashmir dispute at a time when people of Pakistan and Kashmiris expect a ‘strong support’ from the Muslim world.
The development came amid concerns that key Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia and UAE have so far given a muted reaction to India’s illegal annexation of disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.