Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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In a joint press meet, Modi and Mohammed bin Salman emphasised the need to fight terror in all forms.

So, whilst Modi's cheerleaders in the media may be expecting their "strong leader" to teach Pakistan a lesson, the man who once promised to "reply to Pakistan in its own language" once again appeared to have pulled off another diplomatic disaster as India's prime minister. "Destruction of infrastructure of terrorism, ending support to terror and bringing the supporters of terrorism to justice is essential", said PM Modi.

Prince Salman said, "Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns". We will cooperate with you (India) in all possible ways including intelligence sharing to counter terrorism.

In the joint statement, the two leaders condemned the Pulwama terror attack "in the strongest terms" and said "all countries" must renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Salman also "underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning" of terrorists and their organisations by the United Nations, the joint statement said.

The already sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week as New Delhi piled blame on Islamabad for the Pulwama attack.

The Crown Prince is expected to travel to China from India. Any expectation of an indictment of Saudi Arabia over its relations with, and recent announcement of $20 billion investment in, Pakistan makes two basic erroneous presumptions.

First, the Riyadh-Islamabad dynamic is on many levels existential for both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The last-minute insertion and mention of Pakistan delayed the issuance of the India-Saudi Arabia joint statement by nearly eight hours Wednesday, diplomatic sources told ThePrint. We are in talks with other companies, including Reliance Industries, ' he said. "We are not limited to that investment (Ratnagiri refinery), which is the mega refinery.we are looking at other opportunities", he said.

Mohammed vowed to invest $US20 billion ($27.9 billion) in Pakistan - half of it for an oil refinery in the coastal city of Gwadar, where China has built a deepwater port. "PM Modi has shown the country, the martyrs and every soldier in India what he thinks of their service and sacrifice", the party said on Twitter.

Prince Mohammed was in Delhi on Wednesday.

"We hope that through this visit we will enhance our relations enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation. and inject momentum into our bilateral relations", Mr Geng said. He said SABIC wants to expand its business and presence in India.

Prince Mohammed and Mr Modi walk in the grounds of Hyderabad House. He arrived in India two days after his Pakistan visit.

The Crown Prince made no mention of the Pulwama attack or Pakistan's role in the incident during his public statement after his meeting with Modi.

In an interview with a private Indian channel, the minister maintained, "How can we condemn Pakistan when we don't have the evidence before us yet?"

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