Srinagar | Apr 14 : Saudi Arabia today joined Pakistan in supporting the Kashmiri movement for “self-determination” days after the Narendra Modi government touted the Prime Minister’s visit to Riyadh a successful one.
Saudi Arabia’s articulation of its position on Kashmir comes less than a fortnight after Riyadh agreed to what some Indian officials read as a subtle shift on the thorny dispute over Kashmir.
According to reports, during a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Kashmir contact group underscored the challenges Indian diplomacy continues to face in building a global alliance against all forms of militancy.
“The contact group had been constantly conveying the OIC’s concerns to the international community regarding the flagrant human rights violations and abuse of the basic rights of the Kashmiris,” the Pakistan foreign ministry quoted Saudi Arabian secretary general of the OIC contact group, Abdullah Al-Alim, as saying.
The OIC contact group consists of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Niger and Azerbaijan. The group met on the margins of the Islamic conference’s 13th summit in Turkey this week.(Agencies)
2015 Kashmir Despatch