New Delhi: India and Saudi Arabia agree that there is a need to increase all possible pressure on countries supporting terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday after holding talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
In the joint statement after holding delegation-level talks with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack and called for global action against “infrastructure of terrorism”.
Without naming Pakistan, PM Modi said: “The barbaric terrorist attack in Pulwama is a symbol of anti-humanitarian threat the world is facing. In order to deal effectively with this threat, we agree that there is a need to increase all possible pressure on countries supporting any type of terrorism.”
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“It is the need of the hour to take appropriate action against the infrastructure of terrorism. It is very important to punish the terrorists and all their supporters,” he added.
Salman said that Saudi Arabia is ready to cooperate with India to deal with terrorism and extremism.
“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,” he said.
Salman’s visit comes in the backdrop of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group in which 40 CRPF were killed.
Also, he arrived in India a day after concluding his high-profile tour of Pakistan where he said dialogue was the only way to resolve “outstanding issues” between India and Pakistan.
The joint statement said the Saudi Crown Prince stressed that dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region to resolve “outstanding issues” between India and Pakistan.
However, official sources said Saudi Arabia was no longer accepting Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir and cross border terrorism.
Sources said there has been a “change” in the way Saudi Arabia looked at relations between India and Pakistan and that the powerful Gulf nation has a better understanding of the cross-border terrorism.