Crown prince of Abu Dhabi tweets in Hindi and Urdu to defuse India-Pakistan tension

In this file photo, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi inspects a guard of honor during his ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India’s Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Jan. 25, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 04 March 2019

Crown prince of Abu Dhabi tweets in Hindi and Urdu to defuse India-Pakistan tension

  • Mohamed bin Zayed also called premiers Khan and Modi on February 28 to discuss the problem
  • Urged both sides to “prioritize dialogue” to resolve the issue

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.


US diplomat Alice Wells will arrive in Pakistan today

Updated 2 min 29 sec ago

US diplomat Alice Wells will arrive in Pakistan today

  • The American deputy secretary of state for South and Central Asia has already visited Sri Lanka and India
  • Pakistan wants to enlist the support of the administration in Washington over strategic issues 

ISLAMABAD: US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells will arrive in Islamabad today on a four-day state visit.
The American diplomat has been in the region since January 13 and has already been to Sri Lanka and India before traveling to Pakistan.
Wells’s visit to Islamabad comes immediately after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi concluded his trip to the US where he interacted with senior United Nations and American officials in New York and Washington.
While Qureshi traveled to the US as part of his country’s Middle East diplomacy, he informed a news conference in Washington that the Pakistani administration was eager to receive American support on issues of strategic significance.
According to media reports, Pakistan asked the US to help get it off the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list. It also urged the American authorities to revisit their travel advisory to Pakistan since that could help the South Asian nation enhance tourism and earn significant revenue.
During her stay in Pakistan, Wells is expected to meet with senior civilian and military leadership of the country. Her meetings with Pakistani government functionaries are likely to focus on US-Pakistan bilateral relations, conflict in Afghanistan, situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, and the overall security situation of the region.