Saudi Arabia has declared its solidarity with and support for Pakistan in the multi-national campaign against terrorism.
Saudi Foreign Minister Sheikh Saud al-Faisal made that announcement today (Thursday) in Islamabad, where he met with Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf. The Saudi official declared that "solidarity with Pakistan is the duty of every Muslim, particularly at this difficult time."
Saudi support for Pakistan is seen as crucial, with public opinion in Pakistan and many other Muslim countries often hostile towards the U-S led effort to stop Saudi exile Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network of suspected terrorists.
Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer also arrived in Islamabad today (Thursday) for talks with the Pakistani president and other officials. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, has traditionally been friendly to Pakistan. Turkey has also pledged support for the anti-terrorism campaign.