Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian militants
Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian militants, a Saudi source said Sunday.
Pakistan makes its own version of Chinese shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, known as Anza, and anti-tank rockets -- both of which Riyadh is trying to get for the rebels, said the source, who is close to Saudi decision-makers, requesting anonymity.
The source pointed to a visit to Riyadh earlier this month by Pakistan's army chief of staff, General Raheel Sharif, who met Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz.
Prince Salman himself last week led a large delegation to Pakistan, shortly after Saudi's chief diplomat Prince Saud al-Faisal visited the kingdom's key ally. and there were reports that Saudi Arabia has donated around 200 million dollars to Pakistan and requested a shift in this country's policy towards Syria.
Sources say that the kingdom is rallying a lot of military and political support to the militant groups attempting to topple the Syrian government.
Jordan will be providing facilities to store the weapons before they are delivered to rebels within Syria, the same source said according to The News.
"The United States could allow their allies provide the rebels with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons following the failure of Geneva talks and the renewed tension with Russia," said the head of the Gulf Research Centre, Abdel Aziz al-Sager.