Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman lands in Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud landed in New Delhi on Tuesday for a two-day visit and India will raise the issue of Pakistan’s support to terror groups. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Crown Prince at the airport.

MoS MEA General VK Singh was also present at the airport.

Both the leaders will also look at enhancing defence ties, including a joint naval exercise.

India said that Pakistan based Jaish-e- Mohammad has orchestrated the terror attack at jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Saudi Arabia’s MoS for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh will try to “de-escalate” tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan called for avoiding “politicisation” of the UN listing regime at a time when India is stepping up its efforts to brand JeM’s Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

“Trade and investment, defence and security, including counterterrorism, and renewable energy” will be discussed during the crown prince’s meeting with Modi on Wednesday, India’s foreign ministry said.

The two countries are expected to sign five agreements in areas of investment, tourism, housing, and information and broadcasting during the Saudi leader’s visit.

“We are confident that this visit will open a new chapter in India-Saudi bilateral relationship. India has been identified as one of the eight strategic partners with whom Saudi Arabia intends to deepen partnership in areas of political, security, trade and investment, and culture,” TS Tirumurti, secretary of economic affairs in the External Affairs Ministry, said.

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