Did PM Modi name 'Pakistan' in talks with Saudi Foreign Minister

Did PM Modi name 'Pakistan' in talks with Saudi Foreign Minister

NEW DELHI - Saudi Arabia foreign minister for state Adel al-Jubeir made a six-hour-long visit to New Delhi on Monday.

He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Arab Emirate’s crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, people familiar with these developments said.

The flurry of contacts sparked speculation about influential players in the Islamic world interceding between Pakistan and New Delhi to reduce tensions following the Pulwama attack.

There were no discussions on possible mediation in the contacts on Monday, officials said.

External affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said on Saturday there has been “no offer of mediation from any country”, including Saudi Arabia.

Official statements on the contacts said the Indian leadership had – without naming Pakistan – emphasised the importance of immediate, irreversible and verifiable action against terrorism.