Ahead of G20 Summit, the currency with gross misrepresentation” of India’s external territorial boundaries issued by Saudi Arabia has been “withdrawn” by the gulf nation. As per the report by India Today, India and Saudi Arabia have resolved the issue and the printing of the controversial banknote has been stopped.
After the issue, India had conveyed its serious concern to Saudi Arabia over “gross misrepresentation” of its external territorial boundaries in a banknote issued by the Gulf nation in October and asked it to take “urgent corrective steps”.
The global map printed on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of the G20 grouping, did not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India.
Earlier, India’s Ajit Doval stormed out of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s virtual meeting of national security advisors after Pakistan showed a “fictitious” map violating the agenda of the gathering.
During the meeting, which was chaired by Russia, Pakistan projected the new political map that the Imran Khan government released on 4 August, claiming all of Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Gujarat as Pakistani territory.
“The Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating. This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting,” said Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs.
“After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture. As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting,” Srivastava added.
According to Indian government sources, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the National Security Council of Russia, stated that his country “does not support” what Pakistan did, and hoped that its “provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO and definitely not cast any shadow on Patrushev’s warm personal relationship for NSA for whom he has the highest regard”.
Source: Free Press Journal