Saudi Arab and India pledge to fight terror: Crown Prince invites Modi

Saudi Arab and India pledge to fight terror: Crown Prince invites Modi

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Osaka (Japan), Jun 28 : As Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for a global fight against terrorism, India and Saudi Arabia on Friday agreed to fight the menace by joining hands with each other.
During the bilateral talks held here on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited the Prime Minister to attend and be "one of the main guests" at an international conference to be held later this year.
"Prime Minister has accepted the invitation with pleasure," Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale later told reporters later.
He said terrorism was briefly discussed during talks. However, the Foreign Secretary hastened to add: "Both sides agreed that we need to work together....and we have a joint mechanism to do so".
During the interaction, both the leaders spoke about enhancement in the Haj quota for pilgrims from India.
Now, two lakh Indian Haj pilgrims will have the opportunity for the pilgrimage from this year itself, Mr Gokhale said.
Both the leaders also spoke about greater tourism.
It may be mentioned that in a Joint Statement in February this year, India and Saudi Arabia have
affirmed that the menace of extremism and terrorism threatens all nations and societies and the two sides also rejected any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture.
"Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states".
During the deliberations here with PM Modi, the Saudi Crown Prince on Friday recalled his India visit in February with lot of warmth and he also felt that it was a 'successful visit'.
Referring to Strategic Partnership Council set up in February between two countries, Mr Gokhale said - both the leaders had discussion on that and also on the investment and the energy issues.
"Naturally both the leaders discussed the situation in the Gulf and Prime Minister said this (the conflict) could affect the oil supplies and the pricing of oil," he said.
Foreign Secretary said both these issues are of importance for India and Mr Modi "particularly appreciated" the efforts being made by Saudi Arabia in ensuring that the oil supplies have remained stable and the "oil prices have remained predictable in the last few months".
Mr Gokhale also said: "............Prime Minister indicated that we need to have a continuous supply of oil at a reasonable price. He (Modi) felt Saudis have a critical role to play in ensuring this".
In his observation the Crown Prince described his country's relationship with India as "strong".
"The Crown Prince said these are the relations between people of the two countries, country to country and leader to leader". (UNI)