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Tharoor says Saudi can be ‘interlocutor’ between India,Pak.

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State of External Affairs, remark on a role of "Saudi inerlocator" between India and Pak, sparked sharp reaction from the Main Opposition Party BJP.

Riyadh, Feb 28 (PTI) Stoking another controversy, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor today said Saudi Arabia can be a “valuable interlocutor” between India and Pakistan but quickly clarified he did not mean Riyadh should be a mediator. In comments that raised eyebrows in Indian political circles, Tharoor said, “We feel that Saudi Arabia of course has a long and close relationship with Pakistan but that makes Saudi Arabia even a more valuable interlocutor for us.” 

A loose lipped Shashi Tharoor on Sunday once again landed the Manmohan Singh government in a first rate controversy when he said Saudi Arabia can be “valuable interlocutor” in improving India’s ties with Pakistan.

The statement of Mr Tharoor, who is part of the prime minister’s delegation currently in Saudi Arabia, runs counter to the India’s established position against any third party mediation in Indo-Pak relations.

Within hours, the minister clarified that his comment was “misread” by a section of the media as his views were seen as going against New Delhi’s position of India-Pakistan issues being discussed bilaterally, without any third party intervention or mediation.

But opposition BJP is keen to make this an issue and embrasse the govt in parliament, and demand further clarification form the Govt, and the Minister.

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Grand welcome for Indian PM in Saudi Arabia.

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Saudi Arabia and Its Capital City Took Pride in extending Warmth to Dr. Manmohan Singh PM of India. Saudi a Great Nation Which is an Important Friend and a Leader of Islamic World in Many Ways. Broke the Protocol, and Had all the Ministers, and The King and the Crown Prince at KKIA Riyadh on 27 th Receive PM of India.

Riyadh, Feb 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Saudi Arabia Thursday evening to a historic welcome with the kingdom’s crown prince and the entire Saudi cabinet turning up at the airport to receive him.

In an unprecedented gesture, Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Defence Minister, Minister for Civil Aviation and First Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister and the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Riyadh, and the entire Saudi cabinet set aside protocol and received the prime minister and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the Royal Terminal of the King Khaled International Airport.

It may be recalled that when Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz had visited India in 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had broken protocol to receive the monarch personally at the airport.

On Thursday, as the prime minister’s cavalcade zipped across from the airport to the city, the entire stretch had Indian and Saudi flags flying.

And in what is going to be yet another significant gesture, the prime minister will be officially welcomed by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz at a function Sunday.

According to official sources, no foreign dignitary has ever been accorded such a welcome.

The prime minister and his delegation will also be staying in a palace that has never been opened before and certainly not to any visiting foreign dignitary – the King Saud Guest Palace. Read more…