UAE rules out any role in Kashmir
7 May 2001
New Delhi: United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday described Kashmir as an "internal matter" to be resolved between India and Pakistan and ruled out playing any role on the issue saying both countries were its friends. "Kashmir is an internal matter. It is upto both the countries to solve it. We will not interfere as both India and Pakistan are our friends," United Arab Emirates UAE ambassador Ahmed Abdulla Al-Musally said on the sidelines of an art exhibition. Traditionally, Pakistan has looked to the Muslim world, particularly the Gulf states, including UAE and Saudi Arabia for support for internationalising the Kashmir issue. The recent stand will come as a blow to Pakistan's effort to garner the support of the Muslim world. Referring to the Indo-United Arab Emirates (UAE) trade, the envoy said "India is a big market and a major oil consumer. We have an excellent relationship with India which is evident as the trade between the two countries has now touched $ five billion". Denying that Indians have been discriminated against in the job market in United Arab Emirate (UAE0, he said, "there are twelve lakh Indians working in the Emirates and they transfer $ four billion annually". The envoy said there was immense potential for enhanced bilateral cooperation in the information technology between the two countries. Earlier, inaugurating an art exhibition titled "Futuristic Dubai" by Delhi-based painter Nandlal Rajput, Musally said his country had an open mind for cultural exchange. The 23 paintings put on the week-long exhibit depict Arabic hospitality, traditions, business and sports.