Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Narwane will begin his four-day visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates today.
This is first ever visit by Indian Army Chief to these countries. General Narwane’s visit is seen as a deepening defense relationship between Saudi and UAE with India. Narwane is reported to be staying in Saudi Arabia and UAE for two days and will meet top military officials of both countries. Army Chief Narwane will also address a program at ‘National Defense University’ in Saudi. Earlier, Indian Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar had also paid a three-day visit to Bahrain and the UAE on 24 November, 2020.
Pakistan’s military officials have been visiting Saudi Arabia, but this is the first time that an Indian army chief will visit Saudi Arabia. This will be Narwane’s third foreign trip this year, during which he will meet his counterparts and other senior officials in these countries.
At one time Pakistan used to be very close to Saudi, but now there has been a rift in relations between the two countries regarding Kashmir. Recently, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi threatened the Saudi that if he did not take the lead on Kashmir, he would be forced to call a separate meeting with the Muslim countries standing with him. Angered by this attitude of Pakistan, Saudi had asked Pakistan to return the loan of three billion dollars. After this, Pakistan tried to control damage by sending its army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to persuade Saudi but this attempt was unsuccessful as neither the King nor the Prince granted him an audience.