NSA Ajit Doval meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, discusses Kashmir

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National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Wednesday and discussed a wide range of issues.

During the meeting, NSA Doval apprised the Crown Prince about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the state’s special status was withdrawn, official sources said on Wednesday.

The Saudi side conveyed to Doval that it is aware of New Delhi’s long-held position on Kashmir and emphasised on the need for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, they said.

The NSA arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The visit is expected to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.

Doval and Salman also deliberated on a range of bilateral, regional issues including the missile and drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last month and ways to further deepen anti-terror cooperation.

As per the government of India, the visit highlights the regular and ongoing close consultations at the highest levels between the two sides on issues of mutual importance.

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Doval also had a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Musaid Al Aiban, who chairs the Council of Political and Security Affairs of Saudi Arabia. He is also Chairman of National Cyber Security Authority.

Saudi Arabia, known to be a key ally of Pakistan, has been siding with India in its campaign to rid the region of terrorism and pledged to extend all cooperation to effectively deal with the challenge.

Both countries already signed several agreements in the field of security, including an extradition treaty.

(With agency inputs)

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