Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, in a press conference after bilateral talks, on Wednesday concurred on tackling ‘terrorism’ by eliminating its infrastructure and increase pressure on countries supporting it.
Modi said, “The barbaric terrorist attack in Pulwama last week is another cruel sign of the world from the anti-humanity threat. To tackle this menace effectively, we agree that there is a need to increase all possible pressures on countries supporting terrorism in any way.”
Adding new dimensions to historical ties
5 documents were exchanged in the presence of PM @narendramodi & HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information & broadcasting. Full list at https://t.co/A3Wpe6fbXQ pic.twitter.com/8LByASxvgz
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 20, 2019
Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS as he is commonly known, said terrorism and extremism are a common threat to both countries, adding that Riyadh will cooperate with New Delhi on every aspect, including intelligence sharing.
This arrives after MBS visited Pakistan and held talks with PM Imran Khan. Following the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district which killed 49 CRPF personnel, the Modi-led cabinet had said that they had started the initiation of complete isolation of Pakistan from the international community.
The government of India said it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack.
India and Saudi signed five agreements Wednesday to increase investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting. The countries also decided to expand cooperation in the defence sector.
After the talks, Modi said, “Today, in the 21st century, Saudi Arabia is among the most valuable strategic partners in India. It is in our spacious neighbourhood, is a close friend and is also an important source of India’s energy security.”
“The economic, social and cultural links of India and Saudi Arabia are centuries old. And it is always conducive and friendly. The close and close contact between our peoples is a living bridge for our countries Living Bridge,” he added.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility of the February 14 attack.