Posted on October 3, 2019, 8:30 AM IST
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval made a quiet entry into Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a 2 day visit. During which he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and briefed him about the Kashmir situation. This meeting was fixed after Pakistan PM Imran Khan visited Saudi Arabia before the UNGA meetings. Saudi emphasized on the situation at the Kashmir border and made it clear that it stood with India; however, it also wanted the escalating tension between India and Pakistan to be diffused at the earliest.
The closed door two hour long meeting between the Saudi prince and NSA Ajit Doval saw discussions on the drone attacks on the oil fields in the Saudi and also issues pertain to the menace of terrorism. Doval also had a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Musaid Al Aiban, who chairs the Council of Political and Security Affairs of Saudi Arabia. He is also Chairman of the National Cyber Security Authority. They spoke in length about regional and national security.
Saudi Arabia has key stake’s in India's energy security, being a source of 17% or more of crude oil and 32% of LPG requirements of India. Apart from the biggest ever attack on its oil facilities on September 14 that stopped half of its daily oil production, Saudi Arabia guaranteed India it was committed to meet the country's energy security needs.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir and UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Islamabad last month in the midst of rising pressure between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. India also launched a tactful outreach to appraise major countries about its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir.
Saudi Arabia, known to be the main ally of Pakistan, has been opinionated on India’s campaign to rid the region of terrorism and pledged to broaden all cooperation to efficiently deal with the challenge. Both countries already signed several agreements in the field of security, including an extradition treaty.