India angry over Saudi Arabia

Mumbai, 1st November: New Delhi has raised serious concerns over the issuance of Saudi Arabia’s new currency notes.

Baaghi TV: India is angered over the issuance of Saudi Arabia’s new currency notes that do not feature Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India.

According to reports from the, the 20 Riyal note was issued by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to mark the Kingdom’s presidency of the upcoming G20 summit in November.

The note which has an image of the world map shows Kashmir as a separate state and not belonging to any of the rival Asian states of Pakistan and India.

Anger has erupted in India because of the map, even though the country has illegally occupied the territory of Kashmir. There is a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) decree recognising it as an international dispute.

India’s government spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “We have taken up this gross misrepresentation of India’s external territorial boundaries on an official and legal banknote of Saudi Arabia… We’ve asked the Saudi side to take urgent corrective steps in this regard.”

“I would reiterate that the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of India,” he added.

The Saudi banknote also removed the areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir from Pakistan’s territory.

Saudi Arabia is set to host the G20 summit on 21-22 November. India is a part of the G20, however, the new developments could create some tensions before the summit.

Riyadh’s controversial move comes at a time when its relations with its two allies have shifted markedly recently. The Kingdom has built closer ties with the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi while being colder towards Pakistan.
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