No loan, oil supply for Pakistan, says Saudi Arabia
LONDON : With Saudi Arabia ending Pakistan’s lending and oil supply, the ten-year friendship between the two countries has finally come to an end, Middle East Monitor reported.
Pakistan was also forced to repay $ 1 billion to Saudi Arabia, which was part of a $ 6.2 billion program announced by Saudi Arabia in November 2018, which included a total of $ 3 billion. dollars in loans and an oil credit facility in the amount of $ 3.2 billion.
The agreements were then signed when Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman visited Pakistan in February last year, the Middle East Monitor reported.
This development came after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave a blunt warning to the Saudi Arabia-led Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) for not taking a stand against India on the Kashmir question.
Qureshi was quoted as saying by the ARY Channel: “If you cannot summon him, then I will be obliged to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to convene a meeting of the Islamic countries who are ready to support us on the Kashmir issue. and support the oppressed Kashmiris. “
“I say once again respectfully to the OIC that a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers is our expectation,” he added.
As Pakistan withdrew from the Kuala Lumpur summit after Saudi Arabia’s “request”, it now expects Riyadh “to show leadership on this issue,” he added.
Islamabad has been pushing for the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers since India repealed Article 370, which granted special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir .
After Pakistan failed to gain support from OIC members in Kashmir on May 22, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “The reason is that we have no voice and he there is a total division between (us). We can’t even come together as a whole. on the OIC meeting on Kashmir. “
Although Pakistan has tried to impose its rhetoric of raising the issue of rising Islamophobia in India on its agenda, the Maldives, an ally of India, thwarted the move and said: “The statements isolated from motivated people and disinformation campaigns on social media should not be interpreted as representative of the feelings of 1.3 billion people. “
The Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Thilmeeza Hussain, has said that alleging Islamophobia in the context of India would be inaccurate.
“It would harm religious harmony in the South Asian region. Islam has existed in India for centuries and it is the second largest religion in India, with 14.2% of the country’s population,” said she declared. (ANI)
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