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The Saudi jinx

Once again,there is uncertainty over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia in the first week of August as Saudi officials are reported to be having problems with the proposed dates.

Once again,there is uncertainty over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia in the first week of August as Saudi officials are reported to be having problems with the proposed dates. Besides,some of the prominent members of the royal family are currently indisposed. If postponed,it would be the third time that Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia would have to be called off at the last minute. In fact,there seems to be a pattern of uncertainty when it comes to Saudi Arabia. Their Foreign Minister,who recently visited India,postponed his trip twice before finally coming here. Similarly,the prince of Riyadh too is said to have cancelled his visit at the last moment. For Singh,a visit to Saudi Arabia was important because of the influence the country has on Pakistan. More so,his government is keen to send the signal that the PM’s first bilateral visit is to an Islamic nation.