PM Imran Took into Confidence of Saudi And UAE Foreign Ministers Over Kashmir Issue
Prime Minister Imran Khan met on Wednesday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the State Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia "to address the Kashmir issue."
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan of the UAE had arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday and were received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Noor Khan Airbase.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also had a separate meeting with them. According to a Foreign Office press release, both officials were informed about the situation in occupied Kashmir.
"At this particular time, the people of Pakistan and the Kashmiris expected strong support from the Muslim world. In this context, it was very important to give a clear and unambiguous signal of support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people," the press release says.
Both Saudi and UAE ministers "reaffirmed their strong support and solidarity with the people of Pakistan".
"With regard to the situation in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the ministers took full cognisance of Pakistan’s perspective. It was agreed to work closely in OIC and other fora."
Ministers are also planning to meet with General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Qureshi said at a press conference after the meeting of ministers with the Premier: "There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia and UAE are standing with us.
"We are hopeful that [both countries] will not disappoint us. The ministers of both countries have listened to our stance on the situation."
Qureshi reporters said the meeting on the sides of the United Nations General Assembly, which will take place later this month, will be held in Jammu and Kashmir by an Organized Islamic Cooperation (OIC) contact group.
"Pakistan wants to see OIC playing a prominent role," Qureshi said.
As a result of Prime Minister Imran's telephone call to the two crown princes in the past couple of days, Saudi and UAE officials have visited Pakistan.
Qureshi said the prime minister had "good interaction" with the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE during a discussion with reporters yesterday.
“We contacted the two foreign ministers and they are coming,” Foreign Minister Saudi Arabia and the UAE were both significant nations, said Shah Mehmood Qureshi. He said that he will present the views of Pakistan and Kashmiri people on the recent movement by the Indians to abrogate Article 370 and the situation in the valley in which they are kept because of continued curfew.
These visits occur in a moment of high tension between Pakistan and India following the decision of New Delhi to remove occupied Kashmir from its unique status. By reaching out to international agencies, Pakistan has been making diplomatic attempts to draw world attention to the Kashmir problem.