Friday, June 16, 2017

Saudi Arabia Issues An Ultimatum To Pakistan: 'Are You With Us Or With Qatar'?

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Saudi King Salman (File Photo)

Newsweek: Saudi Arabia Gives Pakistan One Choice: 'Are You With Us or With Qatar?'

Pakistan is refusing to abandon its neutrality after being asked by Saudi Arabia to take a stance amid growing tensions between a number of Gulf Arab states and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting Monday in Jedda during which Salman reportedly offered an ultimatum: that Pakistan choose between Saudi Arabia and Qatar as the neighboring, oil-rich monarchies on the Arabian Peninsula deal with a major diplomatic dispute. Shortly after a visit last month by President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia was joined by Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in severing relations with Qatar over accusations that Doha was sponsoring terrorism in the region. Saudi Arabia has since launched a concerted effort to isolate the tiny, peninsular nation.

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Update: Are you with us or with Qatar, Saudis ask Pakistan (Express Tribune).

WNU Editor: There are 1.9 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and bilateral trade is in the billions of dollars .... is Pakistan willing to risk this? My guess is that if the Qatar crisis continues .... Pakistan may be forced to make a decision and choose.


Jay Farquharson said...

If you are having to issue ultimatums,

In the " it's not you, it's me" Relationship chicken,

It's you.

Like Gen. Sharif, Pakistan will just ignore the Saudi's, after all, it's not like they are paying foreign workers any more,

Qatar pay's their bills on time and Pakistan-Iran trade dwarfs Pakistan-Saudi trade.

Aizino Smith said...

Supposedly Saudi Arabia was to buy one from Pakistan.

They should have taken delivery or they are SOL.

phann son said...

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN human rights chief, has told Qatari officials that there are vigorous attempts under way to address the humanitarian situation resulting from the blockade imposed on Qatar by several Gulf countries.