Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India amid tension between India and Pakistan over the February 14 Pulwama attack.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was, on Tuesday, received by PM Narendra Modi. He will be holding delegation-level talks with Indian side and meeting EAM Sushma Swaraj and President Ram Nath Kovind.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India amid tension between India and Pakistan over the February 14 Pulwama attack. Mohammed bin Salman, (MBS) as he referred to, was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Palam technical area on Tuesday night. He was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday morning.
As per the sources of Responsible Corporate, India and Saudi Arabia are likely to issue a “strong statement on terrorism” after Wednesday’s meeting between PM Modi and the Prince. India, sources said, has a “strong, independent relationship with Saudi Arabia” and that “Pakistan should be feeling insecure, not India“.
Earlier, the Crown Prince visited Pakistan, where he was given a red-carpet welcome. The Saudi Crown Prince flew back to his country before leaving for India, as New Delhi had apprehensions over him arriving in India from Pakistan.
Amid India’s efforts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, the Saudi Crown Prince has announced investments worth 20 billion dollars at the end of his two-day visit to Islamabad on Monday.
Saudi Arabia has vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during the high-profile summit in Islamabad. A joint statement said during the talks, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Prime Minister also stressed that “dialogue is the only way to ensure peace and stability in the region to resolve outstanding issues“.
“They also underlined the need for avoiding politicization of UN listing regime,” the joint statement said in an apparent reference to India’s effort to include list Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under UN rules. Jaish has taken responsibility for Thursday’s attack in Pulwama.
India is delighted to welcome HRH Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/wBK1F1UZAA
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 19, 2019
“Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighboring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully,” Saudi minister of state Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying by news agency AFP. Welcoming the Crown Prince, PM Modi said, “India is delighted to welcome HRH Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
Meanwhile, later during the day, he will be meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at 10.45 am at ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi. He will be meeting PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House at 12 noon. The two leaders will hold delegation level talks and will exchange agreements and press statements. The Saudi Crown Prince will then meet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. While India will be raising the issue of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, some of the key areas of cooperation include trade, tourism, information, and broadcasting.
Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to depart at 11.50 pm. Reports suggested that he would be visiting China as a part of his Asia tour.
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