Voices from the Arab Press: The Arab world and the Pakistani issue

This enabled the new Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to overcome the serious financial crisis he faced when he came to power last August.

By MEDIA LINE
March 7, 2019 10:40
Voices from the Arab Press: The Arab world and the Pakistani issue

PAKISTANI PRESIDENT Arif Alvi (left) bestows his country’s highest civil award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the President House in Islamabad on February 18.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The UAE made an important diplomatic achievement last week by helping contain the severe crisis that unfolded between India and Pakistan. The intervention of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, played a pivotal role in saving South Asia from a devastating and imminent conflict. The successful UAE move followed an important visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan, which resulted in the signing of economic agreements worth 20 billion dollars and the increase in Riyadh’s loans to Islamabad.



This enabled the new Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to overcome the serious financial crisis he faced when he came to power last August. It is clear that the Saudi-Emirati approach to support Pakistan falls within the vital Arab interest in a stronger relationship with the great Asian Islamic power situated in the midst of the Eurasian sphere. While Pakistan’s regional conflict with India has been the focus of its foreign policy, Islamabad has oscillated between two distinct camps: the US, on one hand, and China, on the other.

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