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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan released a joint statement that seemed to back India’s position on Jammu & Kashmir. It asked Pakistan and India to negotiate a bilateral solution to their “outstanding issues.”

Following the meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the two countries released a joint statement.

The joint statement states that “to ensure peace and stability in the region, the two sides stressed the importance of dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries, (especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute).”

The two presidents also discussed issues of mutual interest regarding regional and international events during their discussion, especially the concerning state of affairs in Gaza.

In a joint statement, the prime minister of Pakistan and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia urged international action to stop Israeli military operations in Gaza, lessen their negative humanitarian effects, and emphasise how crucial it is for the world to put pressure on Israel to end hostilities, follow international law, and allow unrestricted humanitarian aid access to Gaza.

Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and will always” remain an essential part of India, the country has informed Pakistan on numerous occasions. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India aspires to normal relations in an atmosphere “free of terror, hostility, and hostility” with all of its neighbours, including Pakistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, encouraged the US to utilise its power to get India to agree to a dialogue earlier in 2019.

Both the Pakistani prime minister and the Saudi crown prince issued a joint statement calling for international action to halt Israeli military operations in Gaza, mitigate their detrimental humanitarian effects, and highlight how urgent it is for the international community to put pressure on Israel to put an end to hostilities, abide by international law, and permit unrestricted humanitarian aid access to Gaza.

India has often told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is, and will always” remain an integral part of its nation. The Ministry of External Affairs states that India wants to have normal relations with all of its neighbours, including Pakistan, in an environment that is “free of terror, hostility, and hostility”.

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, urged the US to use its influence to persuade India

But, then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received a message from Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar stating that any bilateral talks on Kashmir will only take place with Pakistan.

“I have made it very clear to my American counterpart, @SecPompeo, that any discussion on Kashmir, if it is warranted, will only take place bilaterally and with Pakistan,” Jaishankar had written on X.

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