Extremism, terrorism are our common concerns: Saudi Crown Prince in India

Dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues between India, Pakistan, said Saudi Crown Prince.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.   

In a joint statement, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for avoiding "politicisation" of the UN listing regime at a time when India was stepping up efforts to brand the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group's chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. 

The joint statement said the Saudi crown prince stressed that dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region to resolve "outstanding issues" between India and Pakistan. 

Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said in Islamabad that Riyadh will try to "de-escalate" tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack. 

After he was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, the Crown Prince talked about historical linkages between the two countries and stressed on expanding the ties further.  

"The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia is in our DNA. Today, we want to be ensured that the relationship is maintained and improved for sake of both the countries and with the leadership of Mr President and the Prime Minister, we can create good things for both the countries," he told reporters.

 

Saudi and India are expected to set up a "Strategic Partnership Concil" at a ministerial level. Mohammed bin Salman and Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks today.  

After the ceremonial welcome where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present, the Saudi Crown Prince told the media: "Today we want to be sure that this relationship is maintained and improved for the sake of both countries.  

"With the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India."

Mohammed bin Salman was received by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

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