Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday hit the headlines when he said that his country would offer assistance with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the issue of terrorism in a joint statement.
“Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we’ll cooperate on all fronts, be it intelligence sharing. We’ll work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations,” the Crown Prince said.
Mohammed bin Salman’s trip to India was overshadowed by the Pulwama terror attack which forced him to return to his home instead of directly coming to India from Pakistan. Indian government blamed the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI as well as terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad for their planned attack in Pulwama that killed 44 Indian soldiers.
In the joint statement, PM Modi said, “India Saudi Arabia is one of India’s most valuable strategic partners. Our relations have grown stronger. I welcome Saudi investment in Indian infrastructure.”
“Pulwama attack is a sign of the terror on the world. There is a need to increase the pressure of nations supporting terror. Terror infrastructure has to be destroyed and culprits have to be brought justice. I’m happy that Saudi and we agree,” says PM Modi on Pulwama attack.