SAUDI Arabia has once again expressed its total sincerity for security and well-being of people of Pakistan by undertaking serious efforts aimed at reducing tension between Islamabad and New Delhi in the wake of Indian aggression against Pakistan. Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Thursday paid a daylong visit to Islamabad as part of Riyadh’s efforts to seek de-escalation in South Asia. The Minister called on Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and conveyed an important message of Saudi leadership to Pakistani leaders.
Saudi Arabia was one of those countries that showed not just serious concern over increasing tension between Pakistan and India but also took practical measures aimed at defusing this tension. Saudi King and the Crown Prince decided to send their Foreign Minister immediately to the region but the visit was apparently delayed due to non-responsive attitude of India. The unequivocal support extended by Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and the sentiments expressed by the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom are source of strength for people of Pakistan at this critical juncture. This support has been consistent and Riyadh always came to the help of Pakistan whenever there was any political, diplomatic or financial crisis in the country. KSA always made sincere efforts to promote national harmony in Pakistan that is frequently threatened due to internal problems. Diplomatically as well, Saudi Arabia has been instrumental in supporting the core causes of Pakistan like Kashmir issue. The level of Saudi support can be gauged by the fact that during the visit Mr. Adel al-Jubeir assured Foreign Minister Qureshi of Saudi Arabia’s complete and overwhelming support towards solving the issues with India in a peaceful manner. People of Pakistan are fully appreciative of this timely gesture of steadfast support by Saudi especially the crown prince’s offer to help resolve the current stand-off between the two neighbours.