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Jaishankar arrives in Abu Dhabi; meets with his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah | India News


ABU DHABI: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who arrived here on Sunday, met with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral economic cooperation and issues of mutual and regional interest.
“Nice to meet FM @ABZayed. We look forward to our discussions,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Interestingly, Jaishankar’s visit coincides with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s ongoing trip to the UAE amid media reports that the Gulf emirate has been delaying channel talks to restart dialogue. between the two neighbors.

Jaishankar previously paid a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates from November 25-26 amid the coronavirus pandemic. During his visit, he had met with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and held talks on the full range of bilateral issues.
“At the invitation of his counterpart, EAM @DrSJaishankar will visit Abu Dhabi on April 18, 2021. Their discussions will focus on economic cooperation and community well-being,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Saturday.
Jaishankar’s current visit to Abu Dhabi comes days after the Emirati Ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, said that the United Arab Emirates played a role in reducing tension between India and Pakistan and that their bilateral ties returned to a “healthy functional relationship.”
“They may not become best friends, but at least we want to take it to a level where it is functional, where it is operational, where they talk to each other,” al-Otaiba said during a virtual discussion with the Hoover Institution of the Stanford University. on Wednesday.
Qureshi is in the UAE on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with the country’s leaders in all areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade and investment collaboration.
In Islamabad, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Qureshi will meet with his counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and other dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates.
The visits by the two leaders are generating speculation as the UAE Foreign Minister will hold talks with his Indian and Pakistani counterparts.
India and Pakistan in a surprise announcement said on February 25 that they had agreed to strictly observe all ceasefire agreements along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors.
When asked about media reports on the India-Pakistan secondary channel talks, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi did not give a direct answer.
“If you talk about communication channels on this issue, let me remind you that our respective high commissions exist and are working. So that is a very effective communication channel,” Bagchi said on April 9.
India has told Pakistan that it wishes normal neighborhood relations with Islamabad in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. India has said that Pakistan has a responsibility to create an environment free from terror and hostility.
On the same day, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman did not categorically deny his participation in some kind of indirect talks with India.
Several journalists asked Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry at the weekly press conference on April 9 about the secondary channel talks with India.
Rather than outright rejecting it, he said: “States have their ways and means of communicating, which remain available even during wars. Therefore, it is not important whether talks are taking place between India and Pakistan.”
He added that the real question was what should be discussed between the two countries and how the dialogue could be turned into a meaningful and results-oriented dialogue.
Ties between India and Pakistan sank after a 2016 terror attack at Pathankot Air Force Base by terrorist groups based in the neighboring country.
Subsequent attacks, including one on the Indian army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.
The relationship sank further after Indian warplanes attacked a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training ground deep in Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack in which they were killed. 40 jawans of the CRPF.
Relations deteriorated after India announced the withdrawal of special powers from Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August 2019.
Last month, Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward” and claimed that peace between the two neighbors would help “unlock” the potential. South and Central Asia.
The powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its more than 72 years of existence, has thus far wielded considerable power over security and foreign policy.
Gen Bajwa’s comments came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan made a similar statement.

Times of India