Pakistan has joined Russia in opposing the violation of Syria’s sovereignty and the attempts to topple the popular government under Bashar al-Assad.
On Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Pakistan’s foreign secretary expressed support for Syrian autonomy.
“Pakistan is also against foreign military intervention in Syria and fully supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic” Aizaz Chaudhry said.
“Pakistan supports all efforts employed at facilitating a peaceful Syrian led and inclusive solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people through a comprehensible political dialogue” he added.
The statements mark a pronounced change in Pakistan’s foreign policy, in which it previously sought to remain neutral on the issue.
Earlier this month Saudi Arabia included Pakistan in a coalition for military operations against “terrorism” in Iraq and Syria, without Pakistan’s consent. Pakistan has made it clear that it will not be involved militarily.
This is the second time Saudi Arabia attempts to drag the country into conflict, after assuming Pakistan would join the war against Yemen, which it also declined.