Sashi Tharoor, minister of state for foreign affairs in India suggested that Saudi Arabia be invited to assist in talks between his nation and Pakistan. Although he never employed the words, “mediator” or “mediation” the Indian official is being blasted for daring to suggest India and Pakistan can not sit down at a table and reach some compromise agreement. Of course, they have not been able to do this in half a century, but, who knows, this year will be different? Actually, what he said was: “We feel that Saudi Arabia has along and close relationship with Pakistan that makes Saudi Arabia even more a valuable interlocutor for, when we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan, but a friend of Pakistan…”
What is the problem with having a neutral nation sit in on peace talks, particularly when it has good relations with both parties? How does that damage any peace process?