ISLAMABAD: In a bid to defuse the ongoing crisis between India and Pakistan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweeted in both the countries’ local languages last week, urging the two to resolve their differences through dialogue.
The crown prince had called Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on February 28 as part of the UAE’s efforts to de-escalate the worst standoff in decades between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
In two separate tweets — one in Hindu and the other in Urdu — he urged both the countries to address the issues through dialogue.
On Sunday, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said both the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE had played a “commendable” role in trying to defuse the crisis which began on February 14 after more than 40 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir.
New Delhi blames Islamabad for the attack but the latter has denied any complicity. India responded by carrying out airstrikes in Pakistan last week and Pakistan quickly retaliated with its own strikes. It also struck down an Indian plane and captured an Indian pilot who was released two days later as part of PM Khan’s “peace gesture.”
“Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Muslim countries have been a great help,” Chaudhry said in an interview to Arab News.
The two countries have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Kashmir region which is divided by the Line of Control, the de facto international border that splits the region into two parts.