Posted Thu, 10/15/2009
Riyadh, October 15 : One of the most powerful and influential royal family members of Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki al-Faisal has urged the US President, Barack Obama to push India and Pakistan for resolving the Kashmir dispute for his AfPak policy to make any progress.
Turki al-Faisal, in an article he wrote in the international Herald Tribune last Saturday, said that Saudi Arabia could play a supporting role in settlement of the dispute.
Turki al-Faisal, who remained head of Saudi intelligence for 24 years from 1977 to 2001 and who has served as Ambassador to UK, and US proposed a seven-point action plan for Obama to achieve progress in Afghanistan. The fifth point of this action plan is to push India and Pakistan to fix Kashmir.
He said that the US had cordial relations with both, Pakistan and India and if it started efforts for amicable solution of the long-standing Kashmir dispute, Saudi Arabia could play the role of a mediator.
The article of Turki al-Faisal published at a time when India wanted to develop good relations with Saudi Arabia, however, so far, it has failed in doing so because the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh could not visit Saudi Arabia despite his desire and efforts for last six years.
“When India and Pakistan feel the strength of the American push on Kashmir, they will come along,” he wrote. »