Saudi minister hails Pakistan successes against terror

Saudi minister hails Pakistan successes against terror
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir holds talks with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi.

Islamabad - Adel Al Jubeir in Islamabad to share details of Saudi-led security front.

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By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 7 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 9 Jan 2016, 8:00 AM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after his arrival in Islamabad on Thursday.
The minister has arrived in the country to share details with Pakistani authorities regarding the newly-formed alliance of Islamic countries against terrorism and extremism.
Jubeir was originally supposed to visit last Sunday but delayed his trip due to the situation arising out of escalation in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric by the Kingdom.
Prior to his meeting with the premier, the Saudi minister called on the army chief General Raheel Sharif and discussed regional security besides other matters.
On the occasion, he commended the efforts of the armed forces towards eradicating terrorism and ensuring stability in the region.
Earlier on Thursday, Al Jubeir was received by Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi.
His visit comes at a time when Pakistan is trying to follow a delicate path in order to preempt any negative fallout of rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. A senior official said that Pakistan is seeking a de-escalation of tensions between the two key Muslim countries and that it is ready to act as a mediator instead of taking sides.
Officially, Pakistan voiced deep concerns over the Saudi-Iran row and warned that dark forces of extremism and terrorism could take advantage of this division between the Muslim countries.

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