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UAE played key role in bringing together india, pak for talks on Kashmir: Envoy

By Hindustan times

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) played a role in bringing together India and Pakistan for talks aimed at calming tensions over the Kashmir issue and getting bilateral relations “back to a healthy level”, the UAE envoy to the US has said.

The remarks by ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, who also played a key role in facilitating the September 2020 Abraham Accords between Israel and the UAE, mark the first time a senior official of the UAE has publicly acknowledged the country’s role in efforts to normalise relations between India and Pakistan.

The comments, made during a virtual discussion between Al Otaiba and former US national security adviser HR McMaster that was organised by the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, came in the wake of media reports about the UAE facilitating talks between India and Pakistan.

Al Otaiba brought up the issue by himself while replying to a question on whether the UAE can persuade Pakistan to play a more meaningful role in finding a settlement in Afghanistan.

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