Imran discusses Kashmir with Saudi, UAE foreign ministers


Jubeir, Abdullah reaffirm strong support to people of Pakistan

Staff Reporter


Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting on Wednesday with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia’s state minister for foreign affairs to “discuss [the] issue of Kashmir”, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s official Twitter account said.
The two visiting dignitaries discussed the ongoing unrest in occupied Kashmir. PM Imran expressed concern over the human rights violations in IoK and put emphasis on lifting of curfew. The two dignitaries expressed concern over the human rights violations and said that contact will continue on the subject to ensure an end to tensions. 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 had arrived in Islamabad earlier Wednesday and were received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Noor Khan Airbase.
The ministers also held a separate meeting with Foreign Minister Qureshi. According to a press release from the Foreign Office, Qureshi apprised both officials of the situation in occupied Kashmir.
“At this particular time, the people of Pakistan and the Kashmiris expected strong support from the Muslim world. In this context, it was very important to give a clear and unambiguous signal of support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people,” the press release read.
It further said that both Saudi and UAE ministers “reaffirmed their strong support and solidarity with the people of Pakistan”.
“With regard to the situation in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the ministers took full cognisance of Pakistan’s perspective. It was agreed to work closely in OIC and other fora.”
During a press conference held after the ministers’ meeting with the premier, Qureshi said: “There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia and UAE are standing with us.
“We are hopeful that [both countries] will not disappoint us. The ministers of both countries have listened to our stance on the situation.” Qureshi told reporters that a meeting of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which will be held later this month.
Earlier, KSA State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and UAE FM Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Bin Sultan-al Nahyan held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today and discussed the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of India’s move of ending the valley’s special status.
The meeting took place here at the Foreign Office soon after the arrival of the Saudi and Emirati dignitaries here on a day-long visit. Prior to the delegation-level talks, the three foreign ministers warmly shook and raised hands in front of cameras as a gesture of unity among the three nations.