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.
Prime Minister Modi and the Saudi Crown Prince explored ways to further deepen strategic ties against the backdrop of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack.
The barbaric terror attack in Pulwama last week is a cruel symbol of the scourge spread over the world by this anti-humanitarian danger, Modi said in his press statement with Salman by his side.
“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,” Modi said, without naming Pakistan.
He asserted that destroying the terror infrastructure and punishing terrorists as well as their supporters was “very important”.
Prime Minister Modi also called for a strong action plan for combating extremism and so that the powers spreading violence and terror cannot mislead the youth.
The Saudi Crown Prince, in his press statement, said his country will cooperate with India in tackling terrorism, including by intelligence sharing.
The crown prince arrived here on a less than 30-hour visit Tuesday night, 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.
In a special gesture, PM Modi received Prince Salman at the airport, signifying the importance India attaches to the visit by the leader of the Gulf nation.
In a joint statement, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for avoiding “politicisation” of the UN listing regime at a time when India was stepping up efforts to brand the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group’s chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
Earlier in the day, the Crown Prince was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After that he talked about historical linkages between the two countries and stressed on expanding the ties further.
“The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia is in our DNA Today, we want to be ensured that the relationship is maintained and improved for sake of both the countries and with the leadership of Mr President and the Prime Minister, we can create good things for both the countries,” he told reporters.
He also talked about the contribution of lakhs of Indians in the overall development of Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the crown prince and discussed ways to add further momentum to the strategic ties between the two nations besides deepening engagement in areas of trade and investment.
“EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on HRH Crown Prince of #SaudiArabia Mohammed Bin Salman. Discussed adding momentum to the strategic dimension of our relationship in various fields – from trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation,” the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson tweeted.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the crown prince will leave New Delhi around 11.50 PM on Wednesday.
(With inputs from PTI)