A delegation of senior Pakistani officials arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday as Islamabad weighs how much support to provide the kingdom in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The delegation, led by Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and top foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz, held talks with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials over “Operation Decisive Storm” and Pakistani participation.
Asif asserted his country’s commitment to safeguard the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia through all means.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also emphasized Pakistan’ stance on the conflict in Yemen:: “Pakistan holds Saudi Arabia in very high esteem and considers the security of the holy land of utmost importance,” Sharif’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Any violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong reaction from Pakistan,” it added.
Around 750 to 800 Pakistani servicemen are believed to be in Saudi Arabia but none were combat troops, a Pakistani official told Reuters.
"Saudi Arabia had always helped Pakistan like an elder brother," Asif told a seminar in Lahore shown on television channels according to Reuters.
"Pakistan will extend all support to Saudi Arabia if the country's security is threatened," he added.
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