Saudi King Salman invites Pakistani PM Sharif for urgent visit

The Saudi King has asked Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz to come urgently to Riyadh with assurances that the strategic accord between the two governments, and especially its secret nuclear dimension, is solid before the US and Iran finalize their nuclear deal. DEBKAfile: The Obama administration presents the deal it is shaping with Tehran as a preventive step against a Middle East nuclear race. However, the Saudis, rather than trust the Americans, have made advance nuclear arrangements of their own. Last year, Salman, then crown prince, visited Islamabad and gave Sharif a $1.5 billion grant toward the Pakistani nuclear program to secure a guarantee that a nuclear weapon would be made available to the Saudis as needed.

The last DEBKA Weekly #654 expanded on the secret aspects of the nuclear relations between Riyadh and Islamabad and revealed that the two governments were considering attaching Turkey to their bilateral nuclear pact.

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