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Saudi Arabia declines proposed defence pact by India

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Saudi royals have declined the defence pact proposed by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his visit of Gulf States.

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Saudi Arabia has reassured Pakistan that it continues to be the country’s ‘brother-in-arms’ by denying a defence pact offered by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi recently.

Amid rumours about the future of defence relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Deputy Crown Prince and Saudi Defence Minister, Muhammad-bin-Salman-bin-Abdul Aziz conveyed to Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif that the Saudi government was committed to carrying out the defence pact with Pakistan.

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Saudia is a strategic partner of Pakistan and a major financial contributor to the country’s nuclear armory. Relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been at their lowest after Pakistani parliament refused to accept Riyadh’s request for Pakistani troops to be deployed in the holy land as part of a larger alliance against the Shia Houthis of Yemen.

Media reports claimed that Modi during his recent visit to the UAE had offered all Gulf states full defence cooperation, including the Yemen offensive.

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