Turkey and Saudi war of words on pressure on Pakistan government with Turkish President blamed the Kingdom which the latter denied.
Finally, the Saudi embassy in Islamabad had to issue a clarification on the allegations. It rebuffed the reports that the Kingdom had allegedly pressured Pakistan to discourage it from participating in the KL summit.
According to its press release, Saudi Arabia strongly denied such reports as baseless and fake.
It said that KSA had mutual respect for their sovereignty and the independence of their decisions, which is a key feature of the well-established historical relations between them”.
Turkey and Saudi war of words
At the Kuala Lumpur Summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia of pressuring Pakistan to stay away from KL Summit.
Regarding the absence of Pakistan and Indonesia at the summit, he said he wanted them present as well.
UAE also pressures
However, he also blamed UAE along with Saudi Kingdom. He said that Saudi Arabia’s and United Arab Emirates have the tendency to put pressure on other countries in doing or not doing things.
Specially, he gave the example of Pakistan, Indonesia and Somalia.
President Erdogan further said that unfortunately, we see that Saudi Arabia pressures Pakistan. He also referred to Saudi promises for Pakistan’s central bank.
Moreover, he implied that Indonesia has also suffered from similar problems.
Somalia rises with assistance from Turkey
However, Somalia, despite being in trouble (at the time) took a stance,” he said, referring to the UAE’s intention of taking on initiatives in the country that were eventually canceled either by the UAE itself or denied by the Somalian government.
He said Turkey has the biggest embassy in the world in Somalia. Turkey is conducting many projects in that African country to assist the Somalian people.