Amid the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the UAE provides “words of wisdom” on the matter to resolve the issues in a peaceful manner which has played an important role in reducing tension between the two countries, claimed the Gulf nation’s ambassador Ahmed Al Banna on Monday.
The Ambassador also said that the UAE has not intervened between India and Pakistan and that the UAE aimed to decrease the tensions which have inflamed after IAF’s air strike on Pakistan based terror training camp in Balakot. The Indian Air Force (IAF) brought the attack as a reply of Pulwama terror attack on CRPF personnel on February 24.
The UAE ambassador told the media persons at IIT-Delhi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the armed forces Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan had a telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as with his Pakistani Counterpart Imran Khan.
“We played an important role in reducing the (Indo-Pak) tensions that took place. On the day there was a huge escalation, there was a phone call from our Abu Dhabi Crown Prime to Prime Minister Modi and to the Pakistan Prime Minister,” he said.
“Our role was to give words of wisdom and try to sort out the differences in a peaceful manner just like the UAE has done in its relationship with Iran,” Ahmed Al Banna added.
“We would like to enhance counter-terror cooperation. We want to stop this nonsense of killing innocent people…Islam has been hijacked by some of those terrorists and they have hijacked the actual purity of Islam,” Mr. Al Banna said.
On being asked by the reporters whether the UAE mediated in reducing Indo-Pak tensions, Mr. Al Banna said: “We did not mediate. When you talk about mediation there has to be a request from both parties. We tried to decrease tensions by using our special relationship (with the two countries).”
- United Arab Emirates
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