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Saudi Arabia Continues ‘Neutrality’ Over Kashmir, Which Pakistan Seeks to Undermine

News Analysis NEW DELHI—While Saudi Arabia maintains its neutrality over the Kashmir issue in India’s favor, India’s archrival Pakistan is making all efforts to mend its relations with the Gulf country and is wooing it to change its stance on the territorial dispute. These diplomatic moves are occurring in the context of India opposing terrorism in Kashmir, China seeking greater influence in the Middle East, and Iran—and possibly Saudi Arabia—seeking nuclear weapons. India and Pakistan have fought multiple wars over Kashmir, a Muslim majority region that before the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan was ruled by a Hindu ruler. The region gained strategic importance after World War II as it shared borders with Turkestan, Afghanistan, and Tibet and was separated from the Soviet Union by a narrow stretch of the Hindu Kush mountains. In a sharp turn of events, during and after the accession of Kashmir …

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