Pakistan seeks balance in Saudi Arabia-Iran tensions

Updated: 10:45 GMT, Jan 11, 2016 | Published: 05:16 GMT, Jan 11, 2016 |

Pakistan is trying to seek a balance between Saudi Arabia and Iran as senior Saudi officials paid recent visits to the country for support.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign and defense ministers paid successive visits to Pakistan on January 7 and 10 respecitively.

One of their important aims was to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in the field of military security, especially on the issue of an Islamic anti-terrorism coalition. During the meeting, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his support for the coalition.

Analysts believe Sharif’s statement will help stablize the Saudi-led coalition and is a role model for other countries in it.

However, the coalition was considered with the possibility of isolating Iran in the military security field. Iran has been an important partner of Pakistan for a long time in the military and energy sectors.

Sharif also stressed that Pakistan will not participate in any military operations against any country.

Analysts say it is not clear whether Pakistan can cooperate with Saudi Arabia on key issues of the Islamic anti-terrorism coalition.