KSA, UAE have key role over Kashmir: Imran Khan

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H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM Office Islamabad on 4th September, 2019
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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sept. 4, 2019. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )
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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sept. 4, 2019. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )
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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sept. 4, 2019. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )
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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sept. 4, 2019. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )
Updated 05 September 2019

KSA, UAE have key role over Kashmir: Imran Khan

  • Top Saudi and UAE ministers in Pakistan for high-level talks after PM’s direct contact with Saudi and UAE crown princes
  • Visiting ministers say they understand “anguish” of Kashmiris, affirm commitment to help defuse the conflict

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia and the UAE have an “important role” to play in urging New Delhi to halt and reverse its “illegal actions” in Indian-administered Kashmir, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday.
His remarks came during a meeting in Islamabad with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, and the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.
The ministers committed to help defuse tensions between Pakistan and arch-rival India over the disputed Kashmir region.
Tensions have once again flared since New Delhi on Aug. 5 revoked the constitutional autonomy of the part of Kashmir that it administers, and moved to quell objections by shutting down communications and clamping down on local leaders. Pakistan reacted with fury, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling India’s ambassador.

It has also reached out to world powers to apprise them of the situation in Kashmir, and to ask for help in safeguarding the rights of the region’s Muslim-majority population. Pakistan and India both govern parts of Kashmir but claim the territory in full. “The international community has the responsibility to urge India to halt and reverse its illegal actions and aggressive policies and postures,” Khan’s office said in a statement.
It added that the Saudi and Emirati ministers “fully understood the anguish of the people of Pakistan over the recent developments and were concerned over the worsening humanitarian situation” in Indian-administered Kashmir.
“Both countries would remain engaged to help address the current challenges, defuse tensions, and promote an environment of peace and security,” the statement said.
Khan highlighted Pakistan’s deep concern over the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir “because of the month-long complete lockdown and communications blackout in the occupied territory,” the statement said.
“The prime minister stressed the importance of immediate lifting of the curfew, removal of restrictions on movement and communications, and respect for the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people.”




Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan in Islamabad on Sept. 4, 2019. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )


The visit by the Saudi and Emirati ministers follows a number of phone conversations between their respective crown princes and Khan since Aug. 5. The ministers also met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, whose office said developments in Kashmir and the regional security situation were discussed.
Qureshi said India’s actions violate UN Security Council resolutions and international law, and pose a serious threat to peace and security.
“India has made hostage millions of Kashmiris for the last one month,” his office said in a statement. Qureshi welcomed the visiting ministers’ stance on human rights violations in Kashmir.
The ministers are scheduled to meet Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss bilateral relations, regional developments and Kashmir.
Former Pakistani diplomat Javed Hafeez said it is significant that the ministers came together. “Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have brotherly relations with Pakistan and friendly relations with India, so they can have a lot of influence on India,” he added.
The ministers “will listen to what Pakistan says, then … they may go to India and talk to them in order to bring the temperature of Indo-Pakistani relations down,” Hafeez said.
“They’ll try to resolve the matter through some kind of arrangement in which Pakistan and India can talk to each other.”


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”