Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed a joint press briefing after signing five bilateral ties in New Delhi. While addressing the joint statement, PM Modi reiterated the country's stand on leading the fight against terrorism, in the aftermath of the gruesome terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed by JeM terrorist-backed by Pakistan army and ISI.
Speaking on the issue of increasing terrorism, PM Modi asserted that India and Saudi Arabia have decided to join hands together in the fight against terrorism.
"The brutal attack in Pulwama that happened last week underlines the anti-humanitarian threat the world is facing today. To deal with it effectively, we agree that there is a need to put pressure on all countries supporting terrorism. It is important to destroy the infrastructure of terrorism and end its support system by giving strict punishment to the terrorists and their supporters. There is a need for cooperation against extremism and a strong action plan for it, the forces of violence and terror cannot mislead our youth. I am pleased that Saudi Arabia and India share the same views on this," PM Modi said.
Responding to PM Modi's statement, the Saudi Crown Prince also assured to provide complete support to India on its fight against terrorism in Pakistan, by extending cooperation in sharing intelligence
"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," Saudi Crown Prince Salman said during the joint press briefing.
Amid the heightened tension between India and Pakistan, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman made his maiden trip to the capital of the neighbouring country Islamabad on the invitation of Pak PM Imran Khan. Following the Pulwama terror attack, MBS delayed his Pakistan visit by a day, citing "unknown" reasons.
During his landmark visit to Pak, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signed an unprecedented deal of investments worth $20 billion and also ordered the release of more than 2,000 Pakistanis from Saudi prisons.
Saudi Arabia on Friday, February 15, extended support to India and its fight against terrorism and extremism, while denouncing the "cowardly" suicide attack carried out by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group in Jammu and Kashmir leading to the martyrdom of 40 CRPF soldiers.