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Saudi Arabia, India urge ‘all countries’ to cut off support & financing to terror groups
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Saudi Arabia, India urge ‘all countries’ to cut off support & financing to terror groups

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New Delhi, Feb 20: Giving a clear message to Pakistan and in endorsement of stance taken by the Modi government, both Saudi Arabia and India urged 'all countries' to "cut off any kind of support and financing" to terror groups against other states.

"The two leaders Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Saudi Crown Prince condemned in the strongest term the recent terrorist attack on Indian forces in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. They expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," Secretary (Economic Relations) in MEA TS Tirumurti told reporters later.

In clear hint to Pakistan and its role on cross border terrorism as highlighted by India from time to time, "They called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries, dismantle terror infrastructures, cut off any kind of support and financing to terrorists from all territories against other states".

"Saudi Crown Prince appreciated the consistent efforts made by PM Modi since May 2014, including his personal initiatives to have friendly relations with Pakistan. Both sides agreed on the need for creation of conditions necessary for resumption of the comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan," he said.

Both sides emphasised that it is equally important to bring the perpetrators of terrorism to justice.

"Both leaders called upon all countries to renounce use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy," he said. This comes on the backdrop of India's stand against Pakistan that for years it has used terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

"Both the leaders called on the states to deny 'access' to weapons to commit terrorist acts against other countries. Both leaders underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the United Nations," he said.

India and Saudi Arabia also called on the international community for 'concerted actions' against terrorism and early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on international terrorism".

Answering questions whether there was any offer of mediation from the Saudi crown prince as Riyadh had said it was in favour of de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, the senior official said "no mediation has been offered".

To another query, he said the complicity of Pakistan in Pulwama terror attack was "very much underlined" at the talks.

On the stance to seek 'sanctioning of terror groups and terrorists," Mr Tirumurti said - "This is for comprehensive sanctioning of not only the terrorists but also the terror organisations by the UN".

"So it is both...because we have had a couple of anomalies and that is why it was important for us to emphasize the fact that is not just the terror organisations ...it is also important for the terrorists also to be sanctioned....and that is something they (Saudi side) have completely agreed," he said. (UNI)