Added on : 2019-02-20 14:27:55
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks on Wednesday on strategic ties in the shadow of India's escalating tension with Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to Saudi Arabia Crown Prince's India visit:
- In talks, New Delhi will take up cross border terrorism and Islamabad's support to terror groups carrying out attacks on India.
- India and Saudi Arabia are likely to issue a "strong statement on terrorism" after the meeting between PM Modi and the Prince. "strong, independent relationship with Saudi Arabia" and that "Pakistan should be feeling insecure, not India".
- "Relations between India and the Arabian peninsula is in our DNA," told by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the backdrop of criticism in India of his Pakistani visit.
- "India welcomes HRH Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. This visit will further cement relations between India and Saudi Arabia," PM Modi tweeted this morning.
- PM Modi broke with government protocol to personally welcome the Saudi Prince; he was seen wrapping the 33-year-old in his signature bear hug by the steps of the Prince's plane. "A new chapter in bilateral relations," tweeted a foreign ministry spokesperson.
- Amid India's efforts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, the Saudi Crown Prince has announced investments worth 20 billion dollars at the end of his two-day visit to Islamabad on Monday.
- Saudi Arabia has vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India during the high-profile summit in Islamabad. A joint statement said during the talks, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Prime Minister also stressed that "dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region to resolve outstanding issues".
- "They also underlined the need for avoiding politicisation of UN listing regime," the joint statement said in an apparent reference to India's effort to include list Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under UN rules. Jaish has taken responsibility for Thursday's attack in Pulwama.
- The Saudi prince's visit comes nearly three years after PM Modi's visit to Riyadh in 2016, during which the two nations expanded cooperation across diverse areas including trade, investment and counter-terrorism.
- From India, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to leave for China. His three-nation tour of South Asia comes five months after a huge diplomatic crisis following the murder of journalist and fierce critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.