Pakistan has long been an ally to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia however, their partnership with India raised some questions as to their loyalty. During his recent visit to New Delhi, India, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al Jubeir reiterated that the Kingdom’s relationship with Pakistan did not come at the expense of her ties with neighboring India. India and Pakistan, both hold independent yet solid ties with Saudi Arabia, something that critics should not be concerned about. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit the Kingdom next month, and Adel Al Jubeir was more than hopeful that it would serve as a major uplift in bilateral relations between the two countries. He said,
Pakistan is a historical ally and will remain so.. If having such close relations with both countries can be useful in helping the two nations overcome their differences we would be willing to help.
He stated that India had a strategic relationship with the Kingdom in all fields,
But we will not impose ourselves. I believe there is an emerging desire with both countries [Pakistan and India] to improve relations with each other – Pakistan’s Premier (Nawaz Sharif) was invited to PM Modi’s inauguration and then we saw Mr. Modi’s birthday diplomacy.
Many believe that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia cannot maintain a balanced relationship with two archrivals at the same time however, not only is that incorrect, but the relationship may serve as a helping hand to the two countries (Pakistan and India) when it comes to mending ties. Al Jubeir said,
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We are the largest supplier of oil to India.. We have a community of almost 3 million Indians. They are our doctors, bankers, engineers and teachers. They are by far the most peaceful non-Saudi community and we appreciate all their contributions to the Saudi nation and society. They are an important bridge.