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Saudi Prince says, "Will Cooperate with India to combat terrorism"

The PM Modi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince are said to hold extensive talks where India is said to raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. They are also expected to look at ways to enhance defence ties, including having a joint naval exercise, according to official sources.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 20 Feb 2019 4:24 AM GMT

Saudi Prince says, Will Cooperate with India to combat terrorism
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New Delhi: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is on his maiden visit to India, delivered a joint statement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, on escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack.

The Prince said, “Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we'll cooperate on all fronts, be it intelligence sharing. We'll work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations.”

What was said in the joint statement by PM Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman:

-"Terrorism and extremism is a common concern. We want to tell India that we will cooperate with them on intelligence sharing...not just with India but with our neighbours as well. We thank India for the positive role in this.": Mohammed Bin Salman

-"The barbaric terror attack in Pulwama last week is a cruel symbol of the scourge spread over the world by this anti-humanitarian danger. In order to deal effectively with this threat, we agree that there is a need to increase all possible pressure on the countries supporting terrorism in any manner." : PM Modi

-"Saudi and India are on the same page when it comes to maintaining regional peace and stability. We are also sure that it will be beneficial for both nations to strengthen our cooperation on maritime security, cyber security and counter terrorism.": PM Modi

-"We discussed all aspects of our bilateral ties today and have decided to take our relations to new heights.': PM Modi

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is on his maiden visit to India, at Hyderabad House.

-After talks with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India and Saudi Arabia will release a joint press statement at 1.15 pm where the issue of 'cross-border' terrorism is likely to be brought up.

Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, received Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at airport and accorded the ceremonial reception with a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he was received by President Ram Nath Kovind and Modi.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, after Salman's arrival tweeted, "A new chapter in bilateral relations. Breaking protocol, PM @narendramodi personally recieves HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as he arrives on his first bilateral visit to India!"

The PM Modi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince are said to hold extensive talks where India is said to raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. They are also expected to look at ways to enhance defence ties, including having a joint naval exercise, according to official sources.

In a tweet, Modi said India is "delighted to welcome" the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince visit came in the backdrop of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), in which more than 45 CRPF soldiers were killed.

On Monday, in a joint statement, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia called to avoid "politicisation" of the UN listing regime at a time when India was trying to brand the JeM terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Saudi Crown Prince, in the joint statement also stressed that "dialogue" is the only way to ensure "peace and stability" in the region and to resolve "outstanding issues" between India and Pakistan.

Saima Siddiqui

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