New Delhi: Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir visited India and met Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi also had telephonic discussions with the Crown Prince of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed-Bin-Zayed Al Nahyan and the Turkish President Erdogan. The Indian Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale is on a visit to the United States, and he held discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. All these discussions and negotiations are against the background of the tension created between India and Pakistan. Although the details of the discussions have not been revealed, the indications are that India is cornering Pakistan, before initiating a decisive action.
Saudi Arabia had expressed willingness to mediate, to reduce the tension between India and Pakistan. But India had rejected the proposal.
During the discussions with the Saudi Foreign Minister, India clarified that the counter-terrorism actions taken by Pakistan are not reliable. India expressed an expectation that this Pakistani action should be reliable. After discussions with the Saudi Foreign Minister, the Indian Prime Minister held a telephonic discussion with Turkish President Erdogan. The highlight of the discussion was said to be the conflict at the India-Pakistan border.
Along with this, Prime Minister Modi had discussions with the UAE Crown Prince. The Prime Minister thanked the Crown Prince, for the invitation extended by UAE for the Organisation of Islamic cooperation meeting, to India. At the same time, he informed the Crown Prince regarding the increased tension with Pakistan and clarified the Indian position in the matter. Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale, currently on a visit to the United States, is said to have held discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Vijay Gokhale apprised the US Secretary of State regarding the necessity of an urgent Pakistani counter-terrorism action. Gokhale also said that sincere efforts are expected from Pakistan to punish the masterminds of the Pulwama terror attack. At this time, the US Secretary of State assured that the United States is standing with India in this fight against terrorism. Whereas, US National Security Advisor John Bolton has consoled Pakistan declaring that Pakistan is willing to take tough action against the terrorists. But it is evident that India is not willing to rely on these Pakistani reassurances of a counter-terrorism action.