UAE, Saudi foreign ministers to arrive in Pakistan amid tensions with India

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign ministers of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday as Islamabad gears up to put pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Saudi Arabia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir will hold talks with the Pakistani leadership.

The arrival of the foreign minister comes a few days after Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz met al-Jubeir.

As per a report in The Express Tribune, Jubeir is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The focus of the discussion will be the regional situation following the abrogation of Article 370 and bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Khan telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Prime Minister Khan apprised Salman about the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan is in contact with a number of Islamic countries on the issue of Kashmir. Islamabad is using its diplomacy and back channels to force India to lift the curfew in occupied Kashmir and lift the blockade on communication in the disputed territory.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is also scheduled to arrive on the same day in Islamabad.

He, too, will hold talks on occupied Kashmir with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership.