Federal Govt says $1.5 billion from Saudi Arabia a ‘gift’

Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Senate’s Foreign Affairs committee yesterday that Saudi Arabia had gifted USD 1.5 billion to Pakistan and added that the country wouldn’t send arms to Syria or to any other country undergoing a civil war.

Sartaj Aziz

Addressing a gathering of the Senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs in the federal capital, Sartaj Aziz mentioned the gift of 1.5 billion dollars by Saudi Arabia was a “gift for the people of Pakistan, which was deposited in the Friends of Pakistan fund,” said Haji Adeel while talking to reporters after the meeting of the Senate body.

Sartaj Aziz was more quoted as saying that Pakistan wouldn’t send weapons to Syria or to any other country going through civil unrest. While giving details of the Saudi amount received by Pakistan the adviser mentioned, “The grant given by Saudi Arabia is unconditional and in return Pakistan is not supposed to give any thing to kingdom.”

Sartaj Aziz also stated the purchase of weapons by Saudi Arabia, however, he included that the kingdom wouldn’t use these weapons against any other state. He more said Pakistan had to balance its relationships along with both Iran and Saudi Arabia adding that PM Nawaz Sharif would soon visit Iran for which dates are being worked out by both governments.

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