While strongly condemned the Pulwama terror attack on Indian forces, India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called upon the world to renounce use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
At least 42 security personnel were killed and many others seriously injured after a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into CRPF bus on the Jammu and Srinagar Highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Both the countries also underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.
The underlining of the need for UN sanction of terrorists and their organisations came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held discussions in New Delhi today.
The statement holds significance as it comes two days after the joint statement issued during visit of the Saudi Arabian leader to Pakistan which had “underlined the need for avoiding politicisation of UN listing regime”.
Talking to the media after delegation-level talks between Modi and Salman here, T.S. Tirumurti, the Secretary (Economic Relations), stated both the sides expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
He said the two leaders called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries, dismantle terrorist infrastructure, cut off any kind of support and financing to terrorists from all territories against other states and bring the perpetrators of terrorism to justice.
“The two leaders condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attack on Indian forces in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Both leaders called upon all countries to renounce use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. They called on states to deny access to weapons to commit terrorist acts against other countries.”
Both the leaders, Trimurti said, underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.
“They called for concerted action by the international community against terrorism and early adoption of the UN comprehensive convention on international terrorism,” he said.
In reply to another question, Trimurti said, the complicity of Pakistan in Pulwama attack was very much underlined.
The official also said both sides agreed to set up a Strategic Partnership Council and Saudi Arabia will invest $ 100 billion in India in a range of areas. He said the two leaders agreed to constitute a comprehensive security dialogue at the level of NSAs.
On the defence front, they agreed to hold the first naval exercises at the earliest and expand defence relations in other areas like defence exercises, joint production, supply chain development,” he said.
“Both sides agreed to set up a Strategic Partnership Council which will be guided by Prime Minister and the Crown Prince and will have ministerial representation covering all aspects of bilateral relations.”
He said Modi welcomed the announcement of Crown Prince to invest $ 100 billion in India in a range of areas like energy, refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing.
Trimurti also said on India’s request, Saudi Arabia decided to increase Haj pilgrimage quota from India to two lakh.
India, he said, has also decided to extend e-visa facilities to Saudi nationals.