Saudi Prince in India LIVE Updates: Stand with India against terrorism, says Saudi Crown Prince
PM Narendra Modi meets Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad Bin Salman LIVE Updates: The two countries also inked five pacts in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting during delegation-level talks.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Wednesday. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)
PM Narendra Modi meets Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad Bin Salman LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud pledged to work together to curb terrorism and extremism in a joint statement Wednesday.
Addressing the media after the delegation level talks between the two countries, PM Modi said, “The cruel attack in Pulwama last week underlines the anti-humanitarian threat the world is facing. To deal with it effectively, we agree that there is a need to put all possible pressure on countries supporting terrorism. It is necessary to destroy the infrastructure of terrorism and end its support system by giving strong punishment to the terrorists and their supporters.” In reply, the Saudi Crown Prince said that terrorism and extremism are a common threat to both the nations and Saudi Arabia will cooperate with India on every aspect, including intelligence sharing.
The two countries also inked five pacts in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting during delegation-level talks.
The Crown Prince will meet PM Modi at 12 pm today at Hyderabad House followed by delegation level talks between the two countries. Follow LIVE Updates here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at New Delhi airport. (Source: Twitter/MEAIndia)
PM Narendra Modi meets Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad Bin Salman LIVE Updates: Earlier on Wednesday, the Saudi Crown Prince was accorded the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan at 10 am where he met President Ramnath Kovind alongside PM Modi. "Today we want to be sure that this relation is maintained and improved for the sake of both countries. With the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India," ANI quoted the Crown Prince saying. The Crown Prince also held a brief meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The Crown Prince’s had visited Pakistan on February 17 where he signed deals worth $20 billion, promised to smoothen travel between the two nations and free Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails. Salman had issued a joint statement with Pakistan Tuesday which stated that there was a need to avoid “politicisation of the UN listing regime” — an apparent reference to India’s renewed effort to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” following the Pulwama terror attack.
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Saudi Arabia on Friday said it stood with India’s fight against terrorism and censured Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terming the attack ‘cowardly’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince met in November last year on the sidelines of G20 in Buenos Aires. During the visit of the Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, MBS, as he is widely known, had met him as the then Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia. The 2.7 million strong Indian community is the largest expatriate group in Saudi Arabia. They send remittances of over US $11 billion annually. The Kingdom also facilitates Hajj pilgrimage to over 1,75,000 Indians every year. This is a major reason why Saudi Arabia is an important country for India.
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