Muhammat bin salman meets PAK PM , Urges India Pak Talk to resolve Kashmir Issue

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Saudi Arabia stresses dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi for resolving outstanding issues, including Kashmir. Previous joint statements and current discussions highlight bilateral resolution of the J&K dispute for regional peace and stability.Not for the first time, Saudi Arabia underlined the importance of dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi to resolve “outstanding issues”, especially Kashmir This was stated in a joint statement issued a day after PM Shehbaz Sharif and Saudi de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held an official meeting on April 7 at the Al-Safa Palace in Mecca.The two sides stressed the importance of dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries, especially the J&K dispute to ensure peace and stability in the region,” it read. Similiar phrasing has been used by Riyadh- Islamabad in the past too: A joint statement in 2021 said the same while maintaining that the J&K issue has to be addressed bilaterally by India and Pakistan.

New Delhi’s long-held position has been that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there is no question of any mediation or intervention by any third party. The ties between the two countries nosedived after India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, revoking the special status of J&K and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories on Aug 5, 2019.India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy. India has repeatedly told Pakistan that J&K “was, is and shall forever” remain an integral part of the country. India has said it desires normal neighbourly tieswith Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.MbS and Sharif also discussed expediting a planned $5 billion investment package, which cash-strapped Pakistan desperately needs to shore up its current account deficit.

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