India-Pakistan Crisis: Saudi Arabia Aims To De-escalate Tensions
19 February 2019 International News
Saudi Arabia says it will work to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s arrival in Delhi.
The prince, known as MBS, is on a tour of Asia and has just visited Pakistan.
Hostilities between Delhi and Islamabad flared last week, after a suicide bombing in the India-administered part of Kashmir killed at least 40 paramilitary police.
A Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, said it was behind it.
Pakistan denies any role in the bombing, but India has accused the state of being complicit and vowed to isolate its neighbour internationally.
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Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but control only parts of it.
Speaking on Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the Arab state’s objective was to “try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighbouring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully”.
Delhi has imposed a swathe of economic measures on Islamabad, including revoking Most Favoured Nation trading status and raising customs duty to 200%.
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s foreign minister on Tuesday appealed to the UN to help with the hostilities.
“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote to Secretary General Antonio Guterres, adding that the UN “must step in to defuse tensions”.