Stabilizing Pakistan-Gulf Relations in the post-Yemen Crisis Period
Pakistan continues to pursue India-centric foreign and security policies and observes each incremental step in GCC-India relations with serious concern.
Pakistan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have a close relationship initially built on religion and strategic ties but it has grown to include economic relations. However, amongst the GCC countries, Pakistan’s relations are more pronounced with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Currently, the relationship is premised on three main elements: politics, security, and economy. The economic relations encompass the Pakistani migrant community which constitutes a significant presence in the region. The military relationship includes training and security cooperation and the political relationship acts as an umbrella. Each of these elements presents their own unique set of challenges and opportunities for the future.
GCC, Iran, Migrants, China, India, Yemen