Pakistani premier visits Saudi Arabia on April 23
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits Saudi Arabia on April 23 (Thursday) to discuss the developing situation in Yemen. The Pakistan premier will hold talks with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, during his visit.
Sharif’s visit comes in the backdrop of Pakistani parliament unanimously approving a resolution calling for maintaining neutrality during the conflict in Yemen.
The unanimous resolution was passed on April 10th, after a week-long debate during a joint parliamentary session, which also vowed that Pakistan would come to Saudi Arabia’s defence, if the country’s sovereignty or territorial integrity was threatened. Saudi Arabia had asked Pakistan for military assistance, including ground troops, fighter jets and navy vessels to join the coalition forces in the Yemen operation.
On April 15, a high-level Pakistani delegation held talks about bilateral relations and the regional situation with special reference to the Yemen crisis with Saudi leaders. The delegation was headed by Punjab Chief Minister Sharif and also included Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Secretary too. The visit by the Pakistani delegation came hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Nawaz Sharif and exchanged views on Yemen crisis.