Saudi Ara­bia has placed no con­di­tions

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For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi on Wed­nes­day as­sured that Saudi Ara­bia had placed no con­di­tions in ex­change for the bailout money it pledged to Pak­istan dur­ing the pre­mier’s visit to the King­dom to at­tend an in­vest­ment con­fer­ence, DawnNewsTV re­ported. He made these re­marks on Wed­nes­day dur­ing an in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tion with me­dia per­sons in Is­lam­abad. “We have re­ceived a to­tal pack­age of $6.2 bil­lion,” the min­is­ter said. FM Qureshi said there has been no change in Pak­istan’s role in the Is­lamic mil­i­tary al­liance and as­serted that “a clear mes­sage has been con­veyed to the United States that di­a­logue is the only way for­ward when it comes to the Afghanistan is­sue”.“Un­less and un­til the Tal­iban are in­te­grated into the sys­tem, it is not pos­si­ble to move for­ward [to ad­dress the Afghanistan is­sue],” he said.“The US it­self is cur­rently try­ing for ini­ti­at­ing talks with the Tal­iban. It is wrong to say that Pak­istan must do ev­ery­thing. The Tal­iban are not in our pock­ets,” FM Qureshi com­mented. Speak­ing about the war-torn re­gion of Yemen, the for­eign min­is­ter said that Pak­istan’s stance will re­main the same, in that, the state does not be­lieve in a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. He will not send our forces there,” he af­firmed. Re­fer­ring to the PakIran gas pipe­line project, he said that there were dif­fi­cul­ties in com­plet­ing the project due to the fact it was marred by mul­ti­lat­eral sanc­tions im­posed by the United Na­tions and uni­lat­eral sanc­tions im­posed by the United States, United King­dom, Canada and the Euro­pean Union. As the con­ver­sa­tion turned to­wards re­la­tions with In­dia, the for­eign min­is­ter said: “In­dia has no other op­tion but to hold di­a­logue. Their war of words and blame games are noth­ing new.” FM Qureshi fur­ther said that it seems that In­dia will come for­ward for di­a­logue in the run up to their gen­eral elections due to be held in April or May 2019. “We are in no rush ei­ther,” he stated for the record. Source: Dawn.com

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