With Better Understanding Of Saudi Concerns, Assessment Mission Is Back

Khawaja AsifISLAMABAD – Pakistani delegation which went Saudi Arabia to assess level of the military need to Saudi during the Yemen’s Houthi, has come back on Wednesday with a better understanding of the Saudi concerns.

The delegation of Pakistan includes Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Minister for National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Ishfaq Nadeem, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Operations Mujahid Anwar and Director General Military Operations Major General Aamir Riaz.

The delegation meat The Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Minister of Defense to discuss the current Saudi-Yemen crisis.

Saudi Arabia asks Pakistan to join the ten national military alliances, which has been set to fight the rebels in Yemen.

The decision to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia was taken during the telephonic talk between Prince Muqarrin Bin Abdul Aziz with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Although there is a general perception that Pakistan has accepted the Saudi application, the government is cautious and is not making any official announcement.

After returning from Riyadh Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that the delegation interacted very well with the Saudi defense minister. He said that the visit was necessary and found very helpful to get a better understanding of the conflict in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Defence spokesman Brigadier General Ahmad told the Saudi media that Pakistan is also asked to join the alliance against the Houthi’s rebel in Yemen. He insured the media that Pakistan will send its troops to Saudi Arabia.

When the question about this Saudi claim was asked, the Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that our position is maintained on the statements given during the last few days.

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