Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Calls Modi, Imran Khan Over Escalating Tensions, Stresses Dialogue

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan talked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan and stressed the “importance of dealing wisely with recent developments and giving priority to dialogue and communication”. — File photo

NEW DELHI/ABU DHABI (IANS, WAM) — Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, stressing the importance of dialogue and communication in resolving differences.

Sheikh Mohammad and the two Prime Ministers exchanged talks on recent developments in the India-Pakistan arena. Sheikh Mohammad emphasised the importance behind dealing with these worrying developments and working towards easing tensions between the two countries, prioritising dialogue and communication between the parties.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince stressed the UAE’s will to support positive relations between the two neighbouring countries, noting the common historical and cultural ties that bring them together.

Sheikh Mohammed underscored the UAE’s keenness on ensuring peace and stability in India-Pakistan ties, expressing his great confidence in the two countries’ leadership prioritising peaceful dialogue in dealing with the developments that have occurred in the past few days.

The Crown Prince said in a tweet that he talked to Modi and Khan, and stressed the “importance of dealing wisely with recent developments and giving priority to dialogue and communication”.

The tweet came a day before the meet of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in which India — for the first time, has been invited as guest of honour at the plenary.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after India struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan on Tuesday following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Pakistan sought to target some Indian military installations next day and in the ensuing aerial fight, both countries lost a fighter jet.

Pakistan has decided to release on Friday Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was taken in its custody after his MiG-21 went down in Pakistan-administered territory.

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