Saudi Ambassador to Kabul:

Pakistan role decrease in Riyadh-Kabul ties

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - “Riyadh and Kabul have had increasingly good ties and we will also bolster our relation in the future”.

Mr. Mesfer bin Abdur Rahman Al-Ghaseb the Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to Afghanistan made following statements on Saudi Arabia-Afghanistan ties to Al-Jazirah Newspaper through a phone call: “Riyadh and Kabul have had increasingly good ties and we will also bolster our relation in the future”.

In response to the correspondent’s question on Afghanistan political situation and Pakistan intervention in the country, Mr. Mesfer said: “During the last two decades Saudi Arabia has fully trusted the Afghanistan and Pakistan policies, but Pakistan’s recent support of Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood related extremist groups raised Afghanis anger against the policies the country taken toward the Afghanistan and it seems that these policies need to be redefined and modified.”

Mr. ambassador also emphasized that, “Saudi Arabia’s policies in Afghanistan will not necessarily in line with Islam Abad’s, despite the shared interests we may have in Afghanistan including the Afghan Pashtuns who always been our concern.”

The Ambassador went on to say: “Around 300 to 500 thousand Afghanis having Pakistani passport are working in Saudi Arabia, and Kabul officials always demanded to make independent relations with Riyadh without Islam Abad’s collaboration.”

“The recent decision of Custodian of two Holy Mosques will positively influence the Riyadh –Kabul mutual relations”, Mr. Mesfer finally said.

Pakistan unlike some other countries did not cut its ties with Qatar in spite of King Salman’s order, and it seems that Saudi Arabia somehow takes revenge from Pakistan.

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