RIYADH: King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and appreciated the close cooperation on security matters between the two countries.
The discussion in this regard was held during a bilateral between King Salman and PM Modi on the second day of the latter’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
Briefing the media on the meeting, Economic Relations Secretary TS Tirumurti said that the Saudi King lauded India’s achievements in various fields, and noted that such achievements have earned the country the attention and respect of the entire world.
Both leaders expressed their deep satisfaction at the excellent state of relations between India and Saudi Arabia and the important decisions taken during the visit of his royal highness the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to India.
The two leaders expressed happiness over the strategic partnership council which will be signed later this week and noted that this council will strengthen partnership in all areas, including political, defence and security, culture, and people to people contacts, trade and investments, etc.
India and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reiterated their categorical rejection of all forms of interference in the internal affairs of other countries and called upon the international community to fulfill its responsibilities towards preventing any attacks on the sovereignty of nations.
Noting that extremism and terrorism threaten countries and societies, the two countries stressed the need to prevent access to weapons including missiles and drones to commit terror acts against other nations.
“The two sides stressed that extremism and terrorism threaten all nations and societies. They rejected any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture. Both sides expressed their rejection of all terrorist acts and stressed the need to prevent access to weapons including missiles and drones to commit terrorist acts against other countries,” according to the India-Saudi joint statement published by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
India condemned terror acts against civilian installations in Saudi Arabia and both sides called for closer cooperation in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre.
They also agreed on strengthening cooperation in combating terrorist operations, exchange of information, capacity building and strengthening of cooperation in combating transnational crimes, within the framework of the existing bilateral security cooperation.
Meeting with Crown Prince
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman here. At a press briefing, Economic Relations Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs T S Tirumurti had said that the Prime Minister and Crown Prince will sign the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement to further cement the bilateral ties in political, defence, security, trade and investment sectors between the two countries.
Several agreements in the fields of defence industries collaboration, security cooperation, air services agreement, renewable energy, among others are expected to be signed between India and Saudi Arabia following the meeting between the two leaders.
12 accords signed
India and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday signed 12 MoUs and agreements in key sectors including defence industries collaboration, renewable energy, security cooperation and civil aviation.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two countries signed a Strategic Partnership Council agreement to further cement the bilateral ties in political, defence, security, trade and investment sectors between the two countries.
An MoU was signed for cooperation in the field of combating illicit trafficking and smuggling of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors.
An MoU was reached between the Saudi General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) and Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence concerning collaboration in military acquisition, industries, research, development and technology.
Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited Saudi companies to invest in India’s energy space saying that the Government has set a target of USD 100 billion investment in the sector. Addressing a session at the Future Investment Initiative 2019 here, Modi said India offers a huge investment opportunity in the infrastructure sector also as he emphasised that the country aims to be a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years.
In the infrastructure sector alone, the Government aims to have an investment of USD 1.5 trillion in the next five years. Mentioning about various initiatives taken by the government to improve business climate, Modi said the country’s ranking has significantly improved in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business, Logistic Performance Index and Innovation Index.