Saudi Arabia denies threatening Pakistan over Kuala Lumpur Summit
Saudi Arabia has denied all the allegations of threatening Pakistan not to attend Kuala Lumpur Summit.
In a statement issued by Saudi embassy in Islamabad, Saudi Arabia has said that between the two countries, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Islamic Republic of Pakistan are superior than the language of threat.
“The brotherly relations between the countries are long-standing and strategic based on trust, understanding and mutual respect, and the two countries enjoy a consensus of views on most regional and international issues, especially the issues of the Islamic nation,” it said, adding that Saudi Arabia has always stood with Pakistan during difficult times.
We strive always to stand with Pakistan to be a successful and stable country,” the embassy added.
The statement comes a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed that Saudi Arabia pressured Pakistan into withdrawing from the four-day Kuala Lumpur Summit.
Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported that the president Erdogan said Saudi Arabia threatened Pakistan that the kingdom would recruit people from Bangladesh for jobs and four million Pakistanis would be sent back to their homeland. He further said due to its economic difficulties, Pakistan had to listen to Saudi Arabia and obey the threats.
He further added that Saudi Arabia has also threatened Imran Khan to withdraw money it had deposited in the State Bank of Pakistan.
The four-day Kuala Lumpur Summit is organised by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Initially, Pakistan had confirmed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s attendance but later said Khan would not attend the summit. The denial came days after PM Khan visited Saudi Arabia.