New Delhi: Looks like Saudi Arabia is in no hurry to mend ties with Imran Khan’s Pakistan as Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa failed to secure a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Bajwa along with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The close bilateral ties between the two countries took a hit after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi issued a warning to Saudi Arabia after the latter refused to act against India over Kashmir issue.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s warning to Saudi Arabia
Speaking on the first anniversary of revocation of Article 370 by India, Qureshi publicly slammed Saudi Arabia for not backing Pakistan over the issue of ‘organising’ a meeting of the Council of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers (CFM) on Kashmir in early February 2020.
He further said that unless the OIC convened CFM meeting on Kashmir, Pakistan would be “compelled to convene a meeting of Islamic countries that are ready to stand with it on the issue of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims”.
“Today Pakistan is, who are always ready to sacrifice their lives for Mecca and Madina, need Saudi Arabia to play a leading role on the Kashmir issue. If they are not willing to play that role, then I will ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to go ahead with or without Saudi Arabia,” ANI quoted him as saying.
Pak forced to repay Saudi after borrowing from China
Apart from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan also attacked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for not supporting Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.
Qureshi’s statement angered Saudi Arabia which issued a statement saying that loans or oil supply will no longer be given to Pakistan and asked Islamabad to pay back USD 1 billion to Riyadh, which was part of a USD 6.2 billion package announced by Saudi in November 2018.
Pakistan paid back the amount by borrowing from China.
Courtesy – timesnownews