NEW DELHI The UAE on Monday said its played an important role in reducing the recent Indo-Pak tensions by giving “words of wisdom” to the leadership in both countries for sorting out differences in a peaceful manner.
Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna, however, clarified that the United Arab Emirates did not mediate between the two countries and that the aim of its efforts was to decrease the tensions which had spiralled in the wake of the air strike by Indian jets at a JeM terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, post Pulwama attack.
Referring to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the armed forces Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan at the peak of tensions between the two neighbours, the UAE envoy, while speaking at an interaction at IIT-Delhi, said,”We played an important role in reducing the (Indo-Pak) tensions that took place.”
“On the day there was a huge escalation, there was a phone call from our Abu Dhabi Crown Prime to Prime Minister Modi and to the Pakistan Prime Minister,” he said in response to a question on the role played by the UAE in de-escalating Indo-Pak tensions.
“Our role was to give words of wisdom and try to sort out the differences in a peaceful manner just like the UAE has done in its relationship with Iran,” he said.
On whether the UAE had successfully mediated in reducing Indo-Pak tensions, Al Banna said: “We did not mediate. When you talk about mediation there has to be a request from both parties. We tried to decrease tensions by using our special relationship (with the two countries).”
Asked about India’s action to strike the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, Al Banna said what India or any country decides in terms of its policy, the UAE does not interfere.