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Saudi Arabia and India agree to expand military ties after landmark visit

This just goes to show Pak needs to keep balancing its ties between Iran and Saudi.



Saudi Arabia and India will expand their defence ties after a landmark meeting between Lieutenant General Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed al-Mutair and Indian army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Indian media reported on Tuesday.
Mutair's three-day visit to Delhi, the first by a serving Royal Saudi land forces commander, underscored "a deepening bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries", the Indian defence ministry said.

"Lieutenant General Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutair was received by General MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of Indian Army on 15 February 2022 at South Block where he was accorded a Ceremonial Guard of Honour. He met the COAS for significant bilateral discussions and was briefed on security aspects," the statement said.
Mutair's visit comes 14 months after Naravane travelled to Saudi Arabia in what was then the first visit by an Indian army chief to the kingdom.

The Print, an Indian digital publication, wrote that the move "appears to represent the next step in the recent shift in relations between India and Saudi Arabia, a nation that historically had close ties with Pakistan".
"Rifts between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were previously reported in August 2020, over the Gulf state’s position on the scrapping of Article 370 in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir," The Print said.
Article 370 of the Indian constitution gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a state formerly administered by India.
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Mutair's visit also comes roughly a week after Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, Saudi Arabia's interior minister, travelled to Pakistan for what experts say was an attempt to win over Pakistan's military and diplomatic support in its fight against Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen, where Riyadh is leading a military coalition in support of the government against the rebels.

On Tuesday, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), based in Saudi Arabia, expressed deep concern for the plight of Muslims in India, following calls for genocide by Hindu right-wing leaders in January and the ongoing ban on headscarves in schools in the southern state of Karnataka. The OIC said the ongoing incidents of violence against Muslims indicated rising Islamophobia in India.
In the first three quarters of 2021, India became Saudi Arabia's second-largest trading partner.
According to the Indian government, ties with the kingdom are predicated on a string of common interests, including ending terrorism, economic development and tackling climate change.
"Defence diplomacy forms one of the major tenets of the overall relationship," the department of defence said.
 

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Anyone recall the Saudi visit thread when a fair number of posters were telling everyone we should jump in the Saudi camp and punish Iran (I'm not absolving that BLA are on Iranian soil).

I hope you all received your response now.....This is also with article 370 being removed.
Nations couldn't give a damn about Pakistan's strategic concerns, learn to stand on your own feet.
There are other aspects as well - Indians are investing heavily in many projects in KSA and are also more commonplace in white collar workforce than Pakistanis. They also are slightly respected more due to specifically poor reputation of Pakistani labor class.
Pakistanis are running truck stop naan shops while Indians are running the refinery laboratory.
 

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There are other aspects as well - Indians are investing heavily in many projects in KSA and are also more commonplace in white collar workforce than Pakistanis. They also are slightly respected more due to specifically poor reputation of Pakistani labor class.
Pakistanis are running truck stop naan shops while Indians are running the refinery laboratory.

Sure there are other aspects as well, the main thing linking it all is the monetary aspect. That's where their loves lies, and it's fickle.

I have been saying the same since the day I was born you can’t trust these snakes or make friends with them. They are half brothers of Jews and you already know the nature of those snakes.

Bro we shouldn't be as harsh. The thing is they don't have our ultimate goals or interests in mind so hence no need to bend the knee to them.

PakKashmiris in IoJK and Pakistan are alone. This is FACT.
We have NO Brothers or so-called IslamicWorld to count on...
It is saddening that many Paks still haven't figured this out yet... and some of more catholic than the pope!

Regardless... PakKashmiris have us and we have them!

Mangus

Sadly that is the complete truth.
 

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