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Wed 20 Feb 2019 01:58 PM

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Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Mohammed bin Salman has signed joint accords with Indian leader Narendra Modi on industry and culture, but announced no major deals

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian leader Narendra Modi vowed Wednesday to increase pressure on countries that fuel terrorism.

Neither mentioned a target, but their accord came as Modi has stepped up warnings to Pakistan following a suicide attack in Kashmir that left at least 40 paramilitaries dead.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, constantly accuses Iran of involvement in militant strikes.

Modi again slammed the "barbaric attack" last week as he said: "To tackle this menace effectively, we agreed that there is a need to increase all possible pressure on countries supporting terrorism in any way.

"It is extremely important to eliminate the terror infrastructure and stop support to terrorists and their supporters."

Prince Mohammed, who arrived in Delhi from a two-day visit to Pakistan as the cross-frontier tensions heightened, had offered to help the neighbours end the showdown over the bombing.

"Terrorism and extremism is a common concern for India and Saudi Arabia," the crown prince said after talks with Modi.

"I want to state that we are ready to cooperate with India, including through intelligence sharing," he added.

The crown prince, on his first major tour since the storm over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, signed joint accords with Modi on industry and culture, but announced no major deals.

In Pakistan, the Saudi prince announced $20 billion of investment for the Muslim country.

Prince Mohammed was expected to go on to China later Wednesday.

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