Discussions between foreign ministers of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have drawn raised eyebrows across the world. All of it is in anticipation of the gathering of regional countries on Afghan peace in Tajikistan where top Indian and Pakistani diplomats might also be meeting.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud recently. This is being said to have been done to build diplomatic momentum towards the forthcoming power meeting.
Apparently, UAE has also been roped in, with the aim of acting as bridge between India and Pakistan. As of now, it is not clear if the UAE and Indian counterpart will be discussing anything specifically, before the power packed meeting on March 30.
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On its part, the call that has been coordinated by Qureshi has gone to oil-rich nations, Saudi Arabia and UAE’s foreign ministers suggesting its first coordinated move. Pakistan is also trying to sort out other issues with Saudi Arabia and UAE, something that created a hiccup in bilateral ties.
Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s commitment to augmenting cooperation with the Kingdom in all spheres. Appreciating the two countries’ collaboration in multilateral organizations, he hoped that this mutual support and partnership will further strengthen in future.
Reciprocating positively, Prince Faisal expressed readiness to further fortify bilateral cooperation with Pakistan. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to maintain steady momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries.