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S Jaishankar will leave for the UAE today, Shah Mehmood Qureshi is already there | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid reports that the UAE is facilitating a possible detente between India and Pakistan, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will travel to Abu Dhabi on Sunday. By the way, his visit will coincide with the visit of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who began a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
In announcing the visit, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted: “At the invitation of his counterpart, S Jaishankar will visit Abu Dhabi on April 18. Their discussions will focus on economic cooperation and community welfare.” The UAE has one of the largest groups of Indian expats. Jaishankar is expected to meet with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is expected to talk about the repatriation of Indian workers, which could be delayed due to the rise of Covid-19 in India.
However, the focus will be on the fact that the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will be in the same place at the same time. Qureshi held talks with Sheikh Abdullah on Saturday. It is unclear if Qureshi and Jaishankar can have a meeting. There was no meeting between the two in Dushanbe during the Heart of Asia conference.
The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, told a seminar that the United Arab Emirates had played a key role in achieving a ceasefire on the Line of Control and the International Border between India and Pakistan with the goal of normalizing relationships. This was the first time that a UAE official acknowledged what has been speculated. There have been reports of the UAE and Saudi Arabia relaying “messages” to Pakistan, but the extent of the involvement is unclear. Al Otaiba suggested that the effort was to improve ties.
Al Otaiba’s words carry weight because he is believed to be one of the architects behind the Abraham Accords that restored diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Responding to a question from US NSA HR McMaster, Al Otaiba said: “They may not become best friends, but at least we want to take it to a level where it is functional, operational , where they talk to each other, where there are lines of communication and that is our goal ”.
Jaishankar was also in Abu Dhabi recently, when it was speculated that he was responsible for carrying out the thaw between India and Pakistan. Both countries reaffirmed a ceasefire on February 25. UAE is a strategic ally, so India’s comfort level is higher, especially in areas like India-Pakistan relations.

Times of India