NIGHTWATCH: Pakistan + Saudi Arabia Against USA

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Pakistan: Pakistan is backing Saudi Arabia’s rejection of its non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council and supports Riyadh’s calls for UN reforms, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on 26 October. Pakistan fully understands the imperatives and compulsions that led to the Saudi decision, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Comment: The Pakistani statement appears to be unsolicited. That suggests its timing serves two important purposes. One is to curry favor with the Saudis with whom Pakistan has a longstanding security relationship.

The second is to identify Pakistan’s troubles with US foreign policy with those of Saudi Arabia. Despite the recent release of more than $1 billion in US aid to Pakistan, Prime Minister Sharif’s visit to Washington, D.C., last week did not go well. Sharif has now let the US know.