INDIA IS LIKELY TO STRONGLY RAISE THE ISSUE OF PAKISTAN-SPONSORED TERRORISM
In a special gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received at the airport here Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, signifying importance India attaches to the visit by the leader of the powerful Gulf nation. The Crown Prince arrived here on a less than 30-hour visit, a day after concluding his high-profile tour of Pakistan where he said dialogue was the only way to resolve “outstanding issues” between India and Pakistan. After his arrival, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted: “A new chapter in bilateral relations. Breaking protocol, PM @narendramodi personally recieves (sic) HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as he arrives on his first bilateral visit to India!” The Saudi leader had returned to Riyadh from Pakistan”. He and Modi will hold extensive talks on Wednesday during which India is likely to strongly raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. According a warm welcome, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday not only received the Crown Prince at the airport in Islamabad but also drove him to PM house. During their talks on Wednesday, Modi and Salman are also expected to look at ways to enhancing defence ties, including having a joint naval exercise, official sources said. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the Crown Prince will leave New Delhi around 11:50 pm on Wednesday. His visit comes in the backdrop of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) terror group in which 40 CRPF were killed. In a joint statement, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for avoiding “politicisation” of the UN listing regime at a time when India was stepping up efforts to brand the JeM terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
Source: PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi
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