[Japanese Emperor Akihito met Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at his office in Tokyo. (SPA)]
New Delhi/Riyadh: An Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Lebanese news channel fabricated interview and published on its website a fake news report in an insane attempt to damage the relation relation between India and Saudi Arabia.
The evil design by Iran, always at the forefront to destabilise Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, however was foiled due to the prompt and quick rebuttal by Ministry of External Affairs, India, according to multiple reports.
Accroding to lodal reports, a report posted on the website of Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Lebanese Al Alam news site referred to an alleged interview published by Indian daily Hindustan Times under the headline ‘India’s External Affairs Minister: China should take precautions against Saudi prince’s US-backed mission’, quoting Swaraj.
External Affairs Ministry and Hindustan Times both rejected the said news report exposing Iran's blatant lies being spread against Saudi Arabia and its attempt to damage relation between two tested freinds.
In a tweet on Thursday, the Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup categorically denied the report. “The statements attributed to the foreign minister are based on lies. They are totally incorrect and fabricated,” he wrote.
He said the foreign minister did not give any interview to the Hindustan Times. On its part, the newspaper also denied publishing any interview with the foreign minister.
In its fabricated report, Al Aam claimed that Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has allegedly played down the current visit of Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, to Japan and China as insignificant and meaningless.
The report on the channel’s website also claimed that the Indian foreign minister had said that India was not concerned with the visit and did not expect that it would achieve any strategic results.
Saudi Ambassador to New Delhi, Saud Al-Satti told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and India are strategic and ever-progressing and that the two sides are determined to develop them further in all aspects.
“The attempts of the enemies to seed dissension between India and Saudi Arabia are doomed to failure because their bilateral relations are strong and built on solid bases,” he said.
“The Saudi-India ties are not an easy nut to crack,” the ambassador added.