In order to assure Pakistan’s support to Saudi Arabia and to assuage Kingdom’s reservations over Kuala Lumpur summit, Prime Minister Imran Khan has left for Saudi Arabia on a one day visit. (Dec 14).
During his visit, PM will discuss bilateral matters and recent developments in regional context, with Saudi leadership, Ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement. The visit is part of bilateral cooperation and regular exchanges between the leadership of the two countries.
On the other hand, rumors were circulating that Saudi Arabia is not happy with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to attend Kuala Lumpur summit being held in Malaysia from Dec 18-20. As per source, the Saudis are already seeing the summit as an attempt to present an alternative to the Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The Kuala Lumpur summit organized by Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Tun Mahathir Mohamad, will be attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Indonesian President Joko Widodo too was expected to attend the summit, but he has reportedly succumbed to pressure and one of his representatives would now attend the meeting.
It’s worth mentioning here that this would be Prime Minister Imran’s fourth visit to Saudi Arabia since May. Few days earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, accompanied by the head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), visited Riyadh on Wednesday (Dec 11) as Pakistan has been trying to seek a patch-up between Iran and Saudi Arabia since September when Iran backed Houthi rebels attacked Saudi oil plant.
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17 November, 2019