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Analysis: Several Factors Motivate Saudi Outreach to Pakistan

Saudi Arabia’s bid to get Pakistani military support for the Saudi-led effort against Houthi rebels in Yemen is designed to “scare” the Iranians, says Charles Schmitz, an analyst at the Middle East Institute.   Schmitz says Pakistan would be a much greater threat to Iran than the Saudis are.  He said bringing Pakistan in “increases the pressure on the Iranians,” who are backing the Houthi rebels.   “The Pakistanis are very effective. They are militarily accomplished,” said...

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