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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.

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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.

In Pictures: Saudi Prince gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The two countries also inked five pacts in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting during delegation-level talks.

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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.

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Congress denounces PM Modi over 'grand welcome' to Saudi Crown Prince

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for receiving Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the airport, the Congress on Wednesday asked whether according a "grand welcome" to those who praised Pakistan's "anti-terror" efforts was his way of remembering the Pulwama attack martyrs, PTI reported.

"National interests v/s Modiji's 'hugplomacy' breaking protocol, grand welcome to those who pledged USD 20 billion to Pakistan and praised Pakistan's 'anti-terror' efforts. Is it ur way of remembering martyrs of Pulwama?" Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter tagging photographs of Modi hugging the crown prince and sharing a laugh at the airport.

There is a need to put all possible pressure on countries supporting terrorism: PM Modi

On Pulwama terror attacks, PM Modi said, "The cruel attack in Pulwama last week underlines the threat of terrorism posing danger to humanity. 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."

Saudi Arabia India's most valuable strategic partners: PM Modi

In the joint statement, PM Modi said, "Today in the 21st century, Saudi Arabia is one of India's most valuable strategic partners. It is our reliable neighbour, close friend and an important source to India's energy security."

India Saudi Arabia sign five MoUs

Five pacts in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting were signed between India and Saudi Arabia after talks between PM Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Stand with India against terrorism, says Saudi Crown Prince

The 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.

Pressure should be put on countries giving support to terrorism, says PM Modi

Bringing up the issue of Pulwama attacks, Modi said, "We agree that pressure should be put on countries supporting  terrorism."

PM Modi addresses media after delegation talks

Addressing the media after delegation-level talks, PM Modi said, "India and Saudi Arabia share age-old relations. Saudi Arabia is India's most valuable strategic partner." Modi also said that his 2016 Saudi visit gave new dimensions to our relations in the field of defence and energy. 

Early visuals from India-Saudi Arabia talks

PM Narendra Modi along with EAM Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval attends delegation level talks with Saudi Arabia Wednesday. (Source: Twitter/ANI)

PM Modi greets Saudi Prince ahead of delegation level talks

PM Narendra Modi with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi Wednesday. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Sushma Swaraj, Ajit Doval attend India Saudi talks

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA chief Ajit Doval at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi Wednesday. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Sushma Swaraj calls on Saudi Crown Prince

Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj called on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wednesday. The leaders discussed adding momentum to strategic dimension to the relationship between two nations in various fields - from trade and investment to defence and security, and regional cooperation.

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Saudi Crown Prince receives Guard of Honour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Wednesday. (Source: Twitter/MEAIndia)

Saudi Crown Prince meets PM Modi, President

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud inspected the Guard of Honour at the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of President Ramnath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi Wednesday. (Source: Twitter/MEAIndia)

Saudi Crown Prince: I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India

After receiving a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, the Saudi Crown Prince said, "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)

President Kovind receives Saudi Crown Prince at Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Ramnath Kovind received Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10 am Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some of his Cabinet members were also in attendance. 

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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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