Pakistani PM, army chief to visit S. Arabia Thursday

This is third Pakistani visit to Saudi Arabia since Islamabad decided to remain neutral in Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen.

Pakistani PM, army chief to visit S. Arabia Thursday

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and powerful army chief, General Raheel Sharif will travel to Saudi Arabia Thursday for a crucial one-day visit, considered part of Islamabad’s ongoing efforts to clarify its position to its longtime ally with regards to conflict in Yemen.

The two will meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz and other Saudi leaders to discuss the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen, foreign office officials said.

Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss Islamabad’s future strategy after Saudi Arabia ended its airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen Tuesday night.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Ministry, it was decided in the meeting that army chief Raheel Sharif would also accompany the prime minister to Saudi Arabia.

This will be Pakistan’s third visit since its parliament passed a resolution earlier this month calling upon the government to remain neutral with regards to the Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen, thus straining ties between the two traditional allies.

Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2015, 16:39
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