April 21, 2006Foreign Affairs

Thanks, we’ll manage

Not this kite

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

It was surprising to hear the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia announce that King Abdullah had set in motion the efforts to mediate between India and Pakistan”.

It is believed here that the Saudi initiative also has the backing of the United States. In fact, Washington welcomed the decision of the Saudi monarch to visit India after a lapse of five decades. While the Saudi delegation in New Delhi late January this year definitely tried to assure them of regular crude supplies and to take care of their growing energy needs, the Saudi also prodded them towards peace with Islamabad. Diplomatic circles feel this development took place in the full knowledge, and ‘perhaps the blessings’ of Washington. Some say Washington may have nudged King Abdullah to take the initiative and use the ‘crude forcer’ to obtain the objective. [Dawn]

The Indian external affairs spokesman lost no time in politely saying no, thank you”. So did M K Narayanan, the National Security Advisor. However, it was quite unnecessary for him to state that a lot of people are trying to help out and India is prepare to listen to anyone”. Signaling is most effective when it is unambiguous.

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