Lahore - Saudi Arabia has termed a joke the suggestion that Pakistan mediate between the oil-rich kingdom and Yemen to bring an end to the ongoing war between the two Arab neighbours.

Saudi Chief Adviser for Religious Affairs Dr Abdul Aziz, who arrived in Islamabad on Sunday along with a five-member delegation, said in a TV interview that mediation suited the situations when rival factions were involved in a conflict (which was not the case now). On the one side, he said, there were Houthi rebels and on the other a lawful government. Saudi Arabia, he said, would stand by the “oppressed” and prevent the “aggressor” (from carrying out its activities).

According to him, the people of Pakistan wanted the government to stand by Saudi Arabia. He said the statement of a UAE minister is nothing more than a simple complaint and also termed it the UAE’s own stance. “Only someone who loves you will also sometimes get angry with you,” he added. He said the Pakistan Parliament’s resolution on Yemen was the country’s internal matter. But the Saudi minister did go on to say that his country expects better from Pakistan.