Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud says his country will cooperate with India in tackling terrorism, including sharing of intelligence.
Sponsors of terrorism and safe havens for terrorists should face all possible pressure from the international community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to India.
Addressing a press conference, the visiting dignitary said his country would share intelligence with India and other countries that were willing to fight terrorism.
“In Pulwama, we saw a barbaric attack of terrorism that casts a shadow on humanity, and according to us, terrorists and supporters of terrorism should face all-out pressure from the international community,” Mr. Modi said.
A joint statement mentioned the attack, saying both leaders “condemned, in the strongest terms, the recent terrorist attack on Indian security forces on 14 February, 2019, in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.”
‘It’s in our blood’
The Crown Prince said ties with India were in the blood of the Saudi people.
“We have common goals in energy and agriculture and we will diversify this spirit to other sectors,” he said.
The MEA announced that on request from the Indian leader the Crown Prince ordered the release of 850 prisoners from Saudi jails before his visit came to an end.
The Crown Prince said, “We have also diversified to the petrochemical sector in India. Since 2016, we have achieved many goals with India and we think there is a potential for investing $100 billion.” Prime Minister Modi praised the Saudi role as a crucial energy supplier to India and said that both sides are moving towards sustainable energy.
A joint statement issued at the end of the visit, agreed to expedite the work for the $44 billion West Coast Refinery and Petrochemical Project.
The visit is the first by the Saudi dignitary who is known to have brought in a new vision to the oil-rich economy.
Mr. Modi described Saudi Arabia as one of India’s most valuable strategic partners.
Responding to India’s position on Pakistan, the Saudi side said that it will support India’s security needs. “We will share intelligence with India and other countries to prevent terrorism,” said Mohammed Bin Salman, even though he did not mention cross-border terrorism from Pakistan during his press conference.
The joint statement urged for early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and pitched for “comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.”
Both sides also resolved to create a “Comprehensive Security Dialogue” consisting of National Security Advisers and set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism. Both sides also launched a Strategic Partnership Council that will be led by the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince.
During the visit of Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).