Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, oil supply

Govt affirms Saudi Arabia didn’t stop oil supply to Pakistan

Ruling out reports that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s ties have deteriorated over the past few weeks, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Kingdom has neither asked Islamabad to return its loan nor has it suspended oil supply to Pakistan.

“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have the same stance on [normalizing ties] with Israel,” he said, adding that Pakistan’s stance has not wavered.

He said that Saudi Arabia has also not changed its stance on occupied Kashmir.

The foreign minister spoke about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Pakistan, describing it as one of “utmost importance”, adding that China is also supporting the peace process in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said that a discussion will be held with the Taliban on Tuesday which will focus on the intra-Afghan peace discussions.

Referring to the possible instability in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said that “there is a group in Afghanistan that is causing a rift [to develop and hinder peace talks]”.

Speaking on Pakistan-China ties, the foreign minister said that Islamabad and Beijing will collectively act to safeguard integrity and peace in the region. 

Qureshi said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will benefit the entire region and despite India’s statements, the project will go ahead.

“India can keep on saying whatever it wants to say. The project will continue,” he said.

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