Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperation

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Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperation | The Diplomat

Sharif may also discuss more mundane issues in the Kingdom such as Pakistan's plans for the joint China-Pakistan JF-17 Thunder jets that Riyadh has allegedly expressed some interest in purchasing.

Sharif's visit will likely follow up on issues raised during Saudi Foreign Minister Turki bin Faisal al Saud's trip to Islamabad earlier this year. During that visit, the Saudi foreign minister met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, and National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz. The visit was the first high-level visit by a Saudi leader to Pakistan in six years and was described by the Pakistan government as "historic." The Saud minister conveyed a message from King Abdullah about " "friendship, cooperation and a commitment to stand by each other under all circumstances."

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have always been close–Saudi Arabia sees Pakistan as an important partner in South Asia and has purchased Pakistani small arms in the past. Relations cooled slightly following General Pervez Musharraf's departure, with the Pakistan People's Party's government less receptive to the Saudis than prior Pakistani governments. Nawaz Sharif's government has made attempts in its first year in power to return the bilateral relationship to its normal state, and Raheel Sharif's visit will continue the momentum.

For Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is an important partner in its bid to contain Iran and Sharif's visit so soon after Turki bin Faisal's trip to Islamabad will send an alarming signal to Tehran. Close defense and security ties with Pakistan will help Saudi Arabia maintain its regional dominance with the assistance of an important non-Arab ally.


Saudi strategy includes alliance with Pakistan - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East
Saudi Arabia thinks its domination in the Arab world may benefit from close partnership and consultation with Pakistan. Some observers may think that Saudi's intention to establish a Riyadh-based Gulf military force for the sole purpose of containing Iran may be the main reason for Faisal's visit to Islamabad. But this is not the only reason. Pakistani military assistance is not new in Saudi Arabia or the rest of the Gulf. It may be reliable, subservient, less controversial and cheaper than assistance from other sources. Above all, it is purely contractual and lacks the political strings that are often attached to military assistance.

Yet, Saudi Arabia may be seeking Pakistani security assistance for domestic rather than external threats. Given that Pakistanis share Islam with their Saudi partners, Pakistani troops can be deployed in religious sites without the Saudi regime being criticized for inviting infidels to defend the land of the two holy mosques. Pakistan needs the income and has the manpower and the expertise, while Saudi Arabia can be assured that no Pakistani hidden agendas or grandiose rival projects undermine the relationship. It can rely on Pakistani troops in times of crisis, specially internal ones. But it is unlikely that Pakistan will be of great help in the instance of a future Saudi-Iranian confrontation, which is highly unlikely at present.

Partnership with Pakistan satisfies the Saudi historic quest for a close non-Arab ally to maintain its hegemony in the Arab world and deal with its own internal security challenges. It is ironic that both hegemony in the Arab world and dealing with internal crises are better served as a result of close ties with non-Arabs. In North Africa, Egypt and Morocco were both potential and real Saudi allies. Saudi Arabia tried to incorporate Morocco into the Gulf Cooperation Council as a privileged non-Gulf member, but Gulf states resisted, and Morocco itself did not express enthusiasm.
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Pakistani built JF-17 :rofl:

no wonder only retards are interested in buying it !!

LOL , i admire china ! they are making hell lot of money by selling this junk to other countries while they are using advanced 5th gen. fighters for themselves
 
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Re: Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperat

Pakistani built JF-17 :rofl:

no wonder only retards are interested in buying it !!

LOL , i admire china ! they are making hell lot of money by selling this junk to other countries while they are using advanced 5th gen. fighters for themselves
LOL retards? that list runs pretty long to include Argentina, Egypt and so on. just a matter of time.

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