Saudi Arabia vows to de-escalate India-Pak tensions

Saudi Arabia vows to de-escalate India-Pak tensions
In this photo released by the Press Information Department, visiting Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, listens to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday. (AP/PTI)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/18/2019 11:55:34 AM IST

Saudi Arabia on Monday vowed to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan following last week’s suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 49 CRPF personnel.
The remarks came as the Saudi Crown Prince, who was in Pakistan on a two-day visit, prepared to leave Islamabad for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who is travelling with the royal, told the media here that his country would try to de-escalate tensions between the two neighbours and see how differences between them could be resolved peacefully, Efe news reported.
“Our objective is 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,” he said.
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) took responsibility for the February 14 attack. Islamabad has dismissed New Delhi’s allegations of its involvement in the attack.
Earlier on Monday, Pakistan summoned its High Commissioner in India, Sohail Mahmood, for “consultations” amid the tensions.
Saudi agrees to free over 2,000 Pak prisoners
Meanwhile, according to PTI, visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has ordered the immediate release of over 2,000 Pakistani prisoners in the Kingdom’s jails, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday.
Prime Minister Imran Khan at a ceremony held to welcome the Saudi crown prince at PM House on Sunday night had made a “special request” to him on the Pakistani prisoners. “There are some 3,000 [Pakistani] prisoners there and we just would like you to bear in mind that they are poor people who have left their families behind,” Khan said.
Salman, who was here on a visit, responded by assuring Khan to consider him Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia.  “We cannot say no to Pakistan ... whatever we can do, we will deliver that,” said the crown prince, who has been bestowed Pakistan’s highest civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan — for his “outstanding support for reinvigorating Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship”.
Information Minister Chaudhry in a tweet said: “As a sequel to Prime Minister of Pakistan’s request, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of KSA Mohammad Bin Salman has ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from Saudi Jails.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also noted that the crown prince had “graciously agreed” to free the Pakistani prisoners “with immediate effect”.
“Cases of the remaining will be reviewed,” he announced.
The Saudi crown prince had arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a two-day visit. He will also visit India and China.


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