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UAE mediating between India and Pakistan, says Diplomat

Imran Khan

India, which has been saying No to United States for mediating directly between New Delhi and Islamabad, is now being helped by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), directly by US, for facilitating back-channel negotiations, to make the relationship between the neighbouring countries as functional.

Islamabad, April 15: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is facilitating and mediating back-channel talks between India and Pakistan with an aim to turn their rivalry into a healthy and functional relationship, its envoy in Washington has confirmed.

India, which has been saying No to United States for mediating directly between New Delhi and Islamabad, is now being helped by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), directly by US, for facilitating back-channel negotiations, to make the relationship between the neighbouring countries as functional.

“UAE played a role in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level,” said Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, during a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

“They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it (relations)to a level where its functional, where its operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he added.

The back door meetings raises questions as both India and Pakistan has been publicly maintaining adamant stance as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has repeatedly maintained that there can be no talk with India until the Narendra Modi government reverses its decision to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A, stripping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifuracting into two Union Territories.


While Prime Minister Modi has been saying that talks between the two countries won’t happen till the terror infrastructure exists in Pakistan.

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