Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ensured full support to Saudi Arabia, stressing that “all potentials of the Pakistan Army are offered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
King Salman Abdul Aziz telephoned the prime minister on Saturday, and both leaders reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries, and developments on regional and international arenas, the press agency stated.
King Salman went on to thanks Prime Minister Nawaz for Pakistan’s support.
Elaborating on the telephonic contact between King Salman and the prime minister, Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Chaudhry in a press briefing said PM Nawaz reiterated that Pakistan attached utmost importance to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia, as two of the most sacred monuments of Islam and the Muslim world were present in the Kingdom.
“Any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity is a matter of concern for Pakistan,” he said.
He added that a government delegation will leave for Saudi Arabia in the next 24-48 hours to discuss further developments on the issue.
“Both the countries have supported each other during crises…,” he said. “…Any decision would be made by taking the masses into confidence.”
Earlier, amid reports that Pakistan was all set to join the fight against Huthi rebels in Yemen, Prime Minister Nawaz had said any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday had said Pakistan had made no decision to participate in the Yemen conflict, but would defend Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity at all costs.