No condition attached with Saudi’s bailout package: Qureshi


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday informed the Senate that no condition was attached with Saudi Arabia’s economic bailout package, saying that Pakistan was not going to join Yemen conflict.
He was responding to motions moved by opposition leader Raja Muhamad Zafar-ul-Haque in the upper house of the parliament, which met with chairman Sadqi Sanjrani in the chair.
Foreign Minister said Pakistan enjoyed close brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia which will be further strengthened after the recent visits of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Kingdom. He said Saudi Arabia agreed to place three billion dollars in State Bank of Pakistan to help it overcome its balance of payment crises.
The Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered to play a mediatory role to resolve the Yemen conflict and his initiative has been welcomed by all the parties concerned.
“There is no reason for us to be a part of contention with Yemen,” he stated, adding that no such thing has happened which can potentially hurt Pakistan.
“Saudi Arabia helped us a great deal by giving unconditional support,” he said.
He said that there is a proxy war going on and whatever is going on in Yemen and Syria can be seen.
“What should be Pakistan’s role in this war?” he said, adding that at one side Pakistan has relations with Saudi Arabia while at the other Iran is a neighbouring country. Due to Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline, Pakistan is always under scrutiny, said the minister.
FM Qureshi said that on the issue of foreign policy there should be national consensus and it will be what the parliament decides upon.
“Imran Khan has said that he wants to play the role of mediator in Yemen issue… Nawaz Sharif had also tried mediation but he achieved no success in the matter,” said Qureshi.
The Iranian foreign minister had said that if Imran Khan is ready to be a mediator then Iran is fine with the decision.
He said that the stance the parliament took on Yemen issue was correct and impartiality can lead to more importance being placed on Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China remained very successful.
He said the nation is united on CPEC and the government will complete all ongoing projects under this corridor. He said delegates from 130 countries attended the Shanghai Expo and the Prime Minister was one of the seven prominent world leaders who were invited for Keynote Address on this occasion.
He said Pakistan Pavilion was one of the eight pavilions which were visited by the world leaders. He said fifteen agreements and MoUs have been signed between the two countries regarding Human development, Education, Health, Skill development, poverty alleviation, Agriculture and Industrial development.
FM Qureshi said that there will be multilateral meetings of Pakistan with China and Afghanistan in December.


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