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Riyadh Denies Reports Claiming it Pressured Pakistan to Skip Kuala Lumpur Summit

Riyadh Denies Reports Claiming it Pressured Pakistan to Skip Kuala Lumpur Summit

Sunday, 22 December, 2019 - 07:00
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Saudi Arabia stressed Saturday that the Kingdom did not pressure Pakistan against participating in the Kuala Lumpur Summit held in Malaysia recently.


The Saudi Embassy in Pakistan issued a statemented dismissing all reports circulating that Riyadh had pressured Islamabad to skip the summit held in Kuala Lumpur.


In a statement, the Saudi embassy said that the “news promoted by some parties about alleged pressures exerted on Pakistan by the Kingdom to discourage it from participating in the mini-summit held in Malaysia, were baseless and fake”.


The embassy stressed that such “false reports” have already been “denied by the nature of solid brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries.”


It also said that the two countries agree on the importance of “unity of the Islamic nation” and maintaining the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), stressing the “mutual respect of sovereignty and the independence”, adding that it is a key feature of the “well-established historical relations”.


Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson had said in a tweet that Pakistan had not participated in the summit as time and efforts were needed to address the concerns of major Muslim countries regarding possible division in the Ummah.


“Pakistan will continue to work for the unity and solidarity of the Ummah, which is indispensable for effectively addressing the challenges faced by the Muslim world,” the statement said.


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