Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday dismissed a campaign on social media, claiming a drift in the Saudi Arabia’s stance on the Kashmir issue and rubbished the “assumptions” that Riyadh had demanded of Islamabad to pay back loans or had stopped the oil supply.
Addressing a press conference, Qureshi said that Pakistan and China would “act collectively to protect mutual strategic interests” and vowed to continue the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects despite criticism.
Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia were as strong as ever, he said, while rubbishing the talk of kingdom demanding payment of debt. “It’s all speculation. No such decision taken,” he said, adding that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had a “heart-to-heart relationship” with a shared goal of peace”.
He said that there was no change in Saudi Arabia’s stance on the Kashmir issue. Asked about the recognition of Israel by the Untied Arab Emirates (UAE), Qureshi said the UAE had the right to take its own decisions. However, he added Pakistan could not be pressured on the issue of Israel.
Pakistan strongly condemns recent missile and drone attacks towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Houthi militia. Pakistan appreciates the successful interception of the missile and drone, which prevented the loss of innocent lives.
We call for immediate cessation of such attacks. Pakistan reiterates its full support and solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity.