Ground Report | New Delhi: What did Saudi Arabia say on Kashmir; Visiting Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has said that India and Pakistan should focus on resolving the issues permanently through dialogue. According to the report of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper, the future of Afghanistan was also discussed in the talks between the two countries during the first visit of the Saudi Foreign Minister to India.
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What did Saudi Arabia say on Kashmir
He also talked about investment plans in India. However, Saudi Arabia’s promise to invest $100 billion in India in 2019 is yet to be fulfilled. Foreign Minister Al-Saud also offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia. On the issue of Afghanistan, when he was asked that you have spoken to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Afghanistan. But as you know, neither Saudi Arabia nor India have any diplomatic presence in Kabul nor have any formal talks with the Taliban regime. How will such two countries cooperate on this issue?
In response, he said, “On the issue of Afghanistan, I think the biggest concern is about stability. Our second major concern is about security and we don’t want terrorism to spread from the soil of Afghanistan to other countries. And in this regard. It is the responsibility of the current leadership of Afghanistan, the Taliban, to make good decisions, run a good government, and take everyone along to move forward on the path of stability, security, and prosperity.
India third-largest trading partner
On India-Saudi Arabia ties and the promise of investment of $100 billion, he said, “We have had a multifaceted relationship with India. India is our major partner country. The implementation of some plans has been delayed due to the Corona pandemic. But despite this. India is the third-largest trading partner of Saudi Arabia. Even when this was announced, we had a direct investment of $500 million in India which has now grown to $3 billion.
Asked if Saudi Arabia was reconsidering its promise to invest $100 billion, the Saudi foreign minister said, “Our priorities have not changed. Our enthusiasm for ties with India has not waned. Reasons why. It’s that some activity has definitely come down. Of course, it’s impacted on oil and other things. But the statement was made. Was there any talk with the Indian government about this?
Saudi Foreign Minister said, “From our point of view, these are all domestic issues on which the people of India and the Government of India have to decide. We will always support any initiative of the Government of India in this regard. But from our point of view, it is India.”