The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on a three nation tour Pakistan, India and China. This is his first Asian tour after Jamal Khashoggi was killed.
Last night, Prime Minister Modi broke protocol to welcome the Crown Prince to New Delhi after his two day visit to Pakistan. Today both leaders held discussions.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, “The common concern is terrorism and extremism. We will cooperate with India and neighboring states to ensure future generations are safe. We applaud India’s role in this matter.”
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince said terrorism and extremism are a “common concern” for the two nations, however the Prince did not name Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We have agreed that terrorism should not be supported in any form, and we should put pressure on countries that back terror. To end terror infrastructure, ending support to terror groups and punishing them is essential, so that young people don’t take up arms … I’m glad Saudi Arabia agrees with India on this.”
India was MBS’s second pit stop, he now is on his way to China. The Crown Prince in his visit to Pakistan announced investments worth US$ 20 billion in Pakistan, that included building of an oil refinery in at a port in Pakistan.
The talks between India and Saudi Arabia were held as tensions escalated between India and Pakistan, after the Pulwama attacks in which 40 CRFP soldiers were killed.
The 33 year old vowed to be peacemaker between the two nations, he stressed that “dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region to resolve outstanding issues.”