Government expands engagement with Arab leaders

India is stepping up its engagement with the Arab world with a series of engagements in February as Pakistan ups the ante on Kashmir across bilateral and multilateral forums.

Besides a plan to host Saudi Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman soon, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Morocco, with which India has signed 40 pacts over the past two years across sectors, including defence, counter-terrorism, education and investments.

Before that, Swaraj will host Algerian foreign minister Abdelkader Messahel on Thursday. Algeria has been against the strong Organisation of Islamic Conference position on Kashmir and has been irked by ISI’s support for Algerian insurgent group – Islamic Salvation Front.

The Algerian foreign minister is making it a point not to visit Pakistan while being in the region. On her part, Swaraj will not travel to Algiers while she is in Morocco due to lukewarm ties between the two neighbouring countries.  Read More

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