NEW DELHI, Feb 20 - Terrorism and extremism are �common concerns� and Saudi Arabia will extend all cooperation to India and other neighbouring countries to deal with them, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said on Wednesday after holding �extensive and successful� talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The talks took place a day after the influential Arab leader concluded a high profile visit to Islamabad, and in the backdrop of India�s escalating tension with Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber.
In his media statement, Modi called the attack a �cruel symbol� of the scourge of terrorism and sought punishment for the terrorists and their backers. The crown prince, however, did not mention the strike.
�Last week�s barbaric Pulwama attack was a symbol of the shadow of the inhuman danger hovering over the world. To deal with the scourge, we have agreed that there was a need to ramp up pressure on countries extending any sort of support to terrorism,� Modi said, without naming Pakistan.
He said dismantling terror infrastructure, eliminating support to terrorism and punishing terrorists and their supporters are very necessary.
The two sides inked five pacts to expand cooperation in a range of areas, including trade and investment.
The two countries also agreed to establish a biennial summit and a strategic partnership council, Modi said.
The crown prince, in his media statement, described terrorism and extremism as common concerns and said his country will extend support to India and other neighbouring countries to deal with the challenge.
�As far as terrorism and extremism are concerned � which are common concerns � I want to tell India that we will extend all cooperation to you � be it intelligence sharing...Not only with India but also with the neighbouring countries,� he said.
�We will work together so that we can ensure a bright future for the generations to come,� he added.
In his address, Modi also called for a strong action plan to combat extremism so that powers spreading violence and terror cannot mislead the youth.
Modi said both sides agreed that stronger bilateral cooperation in areas such as counter terrorism, maritime security and cyber security will be beneficial for the two countries.
�Today, we held extensive and meaningful discussions on all subjects of our bilateral relations. We have decided to take our economic cooperation to new heights,� he said. � PTI