Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Terrorism a common concern with India: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Saudi Arabia promises 'all kinds of cooperation' to help India in its fight against terrorismm says Mohammed bin Salman
  • The crown prince, however, did not refer to the Pulwama attack or Pakistan's role in sheltering anti-India terrorist groups

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday promised "all kinds of cooperation" to help India in its fight against terrorism, a week after the Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

"Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we will cooperate on all fronts, including intelligence sharing," said visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The crown prince did not refer to the Pulwama attack or Pakistan's role in sheltering anti-India terrorist groups.

But in his remarks, Modi, standing next to the Saudi crown prince, described the Pulwama attack as "barbaric". "We (India and Saudi Arabia) have agreed that pressure has to be put on countries supporting terror," the prime minister said, adding that "destroying terror infrastructure and punishing terrorists as well as their their supporters are very important".

At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed when a suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a bus ferrying the security personnel on 14 February.

The Saudi crown prince is in India on a two-day visit, on the second leg of a swing through Asia that took him to Pakistan earlier this week.

The Saudi royal departed for China later on Wednesday.

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