The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has recently launched a new twenty-riyal banknote to mark the Saudi presidency of the G20 summit.
The banknote remained in the news for its high-quality security features and a distinctive design inspired by the G20 logo.
With all its technical specifications, the note became controversial in the region due to its border depictions.
Carrying the picture of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud on the front, the backside features a world map, displaying the G20 countries in a different color.
However, the map does not show Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir as parts of Pakistan, rather its depicted as an independent territory. It shows a border between Pakistan and AJK/GB, depicting the entire region as an independent territory.
While the government of Pakistan is yet to respond on the matter, Indian media is celebrating it as a victory, declaring it KSA’s official stance on the Kashmir issue.
Indian media is calling it a Diwali gift from Saudi Arabia for Indian people. They claim that Saudi Arabia prioritizes India over Pakistan as the two countries are expanding their bilateral and economic relations at the cost of Pakistan and Kashmir.
It should be noted that last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aka MBS had announced $60 billion investments in the oil refinery sector in India.