Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent terrorist attack on Indian forces in Pulwama in Jammu-Kashmir, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday.
“Both leaders underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the United Nations,” an MEA official said in a press briefing.
The MEA said that the Pakistan’s complicity in Pulwama attacks was “very much underlined”.
“They agreed on the need for creating necessary conditions for any resumption of talks,” the MEA said.
According to the MEA, Salman 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,” he said.
The MEA said that Riyadh has not offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan.
Addressing the joint press conference earlier today, Saudi Crown Prince Salman said his country shares India’s concerns over terror and is ready to cooperate with intelligence sharing.
“Terrorism is a common concern. We will cooperate with India in every way, like intelligence sharing. India has played a positive role,” he said.
Speaking on the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 44 CRPF personnel, the PM said the two leaders agreed on the need to destroy the infrastructure of terror and clamp down on countries supporting terror.
India and Saudi Arabia have a longstanding relationship, PM Modi said adding that in the 21st century, Saudi Arabia was among India’s most important strategic partners.
India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday exchanged memorandums of understanding (MoUs) after talks by PM Modi and Crown Prince Salman.
MoUs on tourism and cooperation in the field of housing were among others were exchanged between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia also joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) becoming the 73rd country to join the India-led renewable energy organisation. With Saudi Arabia, the ISA now has a total of 122 members.