In wake of Pulwama attack, PM Modi takes firm stand against terrorism during meet with Saudi prince

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman engaged intalks on Wednesday on strategic ties in the wake of India’s escalating tension with Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack. The attack had claimed lives of 40 soldiers, who were killed by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The Prince was welcomed by PM Modi with a warm hug as he arrived in New Delhi after ending a two-day visit in Pakistan, where he praised Islamabad’s efforts for “regional peace and security” just days after the Pulwama attack. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA chief Ajit Doval also attended the meet at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA chief Ajit Doval at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi Wednesday.

Here’s what transpired at the joint meeting:

  • India and Saudi Arabia exchanged memorandums of understanding (MoUs) after talks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • India and Saudi Arabia have a longstanding relationship. In the 21st Century, Saudi Arabia is among India’s most important strategic partners and a close friend: PM Modi
  • Saudi Arabia is one of India’s most valuable strategic partners. Our relations have grown stronger. I welcome Saudi investment in Indian infrastructure, PM Modi added.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi: We welcome Saudi Arabia joining the International Solar Alliance. We also discussed how to further strengthen our defence cooperation.
  • PM Modi: Pulwama attack shows the menace of terror. We agreed on need to destroy infrastructure of terror and the need to increase the pressure on countries supporting terror
  • Saudi Crown Prince Salman thanked people of India and the government of India for their warm welcome. He said that India and Saudi Arabia share concerns over terror.
  • 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.

As per media reports, Saudi Arabia are likely to issue a “strong statement on terrorism” after the meeting between PM Modi and the Prince. India, sources said, has a “strong, independent relationship with Saudi Arabia” and that “Pakistan should be feeling insecure, not India”.

Earlier, Sushma Swaraj met the Saudi Crown Prince Salman and discussed ways to add further momentum to the strategic ties between the two nations besides deepening engagement in areas of trade and investment.