Saudi, UAE condemn terror attack, crown Prince cuts short Pak visit

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Friday joined the world leaders to condemned the terror attack that took place on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir‘s Pulwama district.

“The Kingdom strongly condemns and denounces “these cowardly terrorist acts and stands with India against terrorism and extremism”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was cited as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.

“Saudi Arabia offers condolences to the Indian government, families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery,” the Ministry said.

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The United Arab Emirates has “condemns the terrorist act” and expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in the time of grief.

“The UAE stands in solidarity with the government and people of India in their fight against violence and extremism,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement issued Friday.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman‘s visit to Pakistan that was scheduled to start on Saturday, has been cut short by a day rescheduled for Sunday-Monday, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said.

Salman, who was scheduled to visit Pakistan on February 16 along with a business delegation with big-ticket investment potential, not only did cut short his visit by 24 hours but also dropped the business delegation from his entourage.

Following which the Islamabad-based Board of Investment, which reports to Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a statement to invitees said the Pakistan-Saudi businesses conference scheduled on February 17 has been postponed.

“Any inconvenience caused in this regard is highly regretted. The new dates of the meeting will be informed in due course of time,” it said.

The development came barely 48 hours after some 49 CRPF troopers died in a suicide attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, whose chief Masood Azhar roams freely on Pakistan soil and was yet to be designated a global terrorist.