Saudi-Iran rift weakening Muslim ummah: Army chief

ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Raheel Sharif met Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, upon arrival in Riyadh on Monday.

“After arriving in Riyadh, the army chief met the Saudi defence minister,” the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

During the meeting, General Raheel highlighted Pakistan’s perspective on the Middle East situation.

“Due to the situation in Middle East, the Muslim Ummah is weakening,” sources said, quoting the army chief.

The COAS stressed the need for opening up the communication channel between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the prime minister discussed the Saudi-Iran controversy in his meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh, Radio Pakistan reported.

The “prime minister reiterated the people of Pakistan would always stand with the people of Saudi Arabia against any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the kingdom.”

“King Salman acknowledged and appreciated the sincere sentiments of the Pakistani people and the leadership,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said.

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