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PM has telephonic talks with Turkey Prez, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince; junior Saudi FM calls on him

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Monday held separate telephonic conversations with Turkish and Abu Dhabi Crown Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, while Saudi Arabia's junior called on him -- engagements which came in the backdrop of escalating tensions between and

It was not immediately known whether Indo-Pak tensions figured in the Prime Minister's telephonic conversations with the leaders of and UAE.

Government sources said there was no offer of any mediation by any country to de-escalate tensions between and even though was reaching out to several foreign governments for such a role.

The official statement on Modi's conversation with Erdogan said that the stated that terrorism remains one of the gravest threats to global peace and security.

He underscored the importance of immediate, demonstrable, and irreversible action against terrorism by all countries concerned, the statement said, without mentioning

In Modi's telephonic talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who is also the of the UAE Armed Forces, the two leaders expressed happiness at the growing strength of all-round bilateral cooperation.

They reiterated their commitment to further consolidate the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, the statement said.

Saudi also called on and discussed bilateral issues, officials said.

"The Prime Minister thanked the leadership of for expressing full solidarity with in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," the MEA said.

"It was agreed that and India should work together for irreversible, verifiable and credible steps against all terrorists without any discrimination," it said.

Jubeir briefed Prime Minister Modi on the follow up of the outcomes of the "historical visit" of the Saudi Crown in February 2019.

The engagements came against the backdrop of global efforts to de-escalate tension between India and Pakistan triggered by the suicide attack by JeM in Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit in Balakot on February 26.

Pakistan retaliated the next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations.

Last week, Jubeir visited and met Pakistan Prime Minister During the meeting, he delivered to Khan a "special message" from Crown Mohammad bin Salman, according to Pakistani

He also held talks with Pakistan

Countries like the US, the UK, China, and the UAE were involved in easing tensions between India and Pakistan.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 23:46 IST