AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia has created an international controversy by excluding Jammu and Kashmir from the maps of both India and Pakistan in its new banknote.
However, the Indian government has not taken kindly to the matter.
The Indian government has asked the authorities in Saudi Arabia to take measures to correct the misrepresentation of India's territorial boundaries on the new banknotes.
Saudi Arabia has released a new 20 Riyal banknote in order to commemorate the kingdom's presidency of the G20 group. However, the world map which has been depicted on the banknote does not feature Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh as parts of India.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has asked Saudi Arabia to take "urgent corrective steps" in the matter, and emphasized that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country.
"We have seen the banknote referred by you which gives an incorrect depiction of India's external territorial boundaries. The note was issued by Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to mark the occasion of Saudi presidency of the G20," the MEA spokesperson said.
"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 Saudi Arabia to take urgent corrective steps in this regard," Srivastava said.