India is highly displeased with Saudi Arabia for describing the map of Kashmir in a new currency note of Saudi Riyal terming it as a “gross misrepresentation” of the sovereign territory.
Anurag Srivastava, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs has said that New Delhi has taken up the issue at the diplomatic level with Riyadh.
The concerned currency is a 20 riyal note that was printed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to celebrate the Saudi presidency of the G20.
“The entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of India,” said Mr. Srivastava. India has taken umbrage to this faux pas by the Saudi government and is quick to report it to the counterpart. India wants that it is corrected fast by taking immediate steps.
“We have conveyed our serious concern to Saudi Arabia, both through their Ambassador in New Delhi as well as in Riyadh, for this gross misrepresentation of India’s external territorial boundaries on an official and legal banknote of Saudi Arabia and asked the Saudi side for taking urgent corrective steps in this regard.”
The controversial map depicted on the Saudi Riyal shows Kashmir as a separate entity between India and Pakistan.
The map also portrays Gilgit Baltistan and the Azad Kashmir areas out of Pakistani control. But, it is not known whether Pakistan is also annoyed over the map or had already lodged a complaint with the Saudi counterpart.