Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia

By Middle East Affairs

Reuters reports Pakistan will send troops to its ally Saudi Arabia for a “training and advise mission.”

This moves comes three years after Pakistan had decided against sending soldiers to Yemen for a Saudi-led military intervention.

Officials haven’t expressed the exact purpose of the plan, according to Reuters, nor is it clear whether Pakistani troops will join the coalition led by Pakistan’s retired army chief, General Raheel Sharif.

Pakistan previously chose to remain neutral when Saudi Arabia asked for ships, aircraft and troops to curb the growth of Iranian Shi’ite control in Yemen.

Both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are Sunni-majority.

But Pakistan shares a border with Iran, and it also has a sizable Shi’ite minority, Reuters reports.

 

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