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Verifiable action to dismantle terror infrastructure must for tackling terror: India to Saudi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a clear reference to Pakistan, on Friday conveyed to that that an "immediate, irreversible and verifiable action" to dismantle is essential to fight the menace of

This was conveyed during a meeting between External Affairs and Saudi State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, who paid a four-and-a-half-hour visit to India, days after his trip to

Sources, however, said there was no offer, either earlier or now, from the Saudi side to mediate in de-escalating tensions between and

held extensive talks with Swaraj here with a focus on deepening cooperation to combat

It is learnt that the recent tensions triggered by the Pulwama attack and India's subsequent air strike on a terrorist training camp in also came up during the meeting.

"They (Swaraj and Jubeir) took note of significant developments after the visit of His Royal Highness (Saudi Crown Mohammad bin Salman) to EAM reiterated that an immediate irreversible and verifiable action to dismantle is essential to fight the menace of terror," a (MEA) statement said, without naming or the post-Pulwama tensions between India and Pakistan.

During his four-and-a-half-hour visit, also called on and discussed bilateral issues, officials said.

"The thanked the leadership of for expressing full solidarity with India in the fight against 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.

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

"Both the have taken significant steps including to boost trade and investment and to achieve USD 100 billion investment from Saudi Arabia into India, which was announced during the visit of the Crown Prince," the statement said.

At her meeting with Jubeir, Swaraj is learnt to have raised the issue of cross-border terrorism and the need for ramping up pressure on to take action to dismantle in that country.

During the meeting, it was agreed to set up the strategic partnership council at the earliest.

The gesture from Saudi side to increase India's Haj quota to 2 lakh and the pardon to 850 Indian prisoners was highly appreciated, the MEA said.

The Saudi minister's visit here comes 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

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

Jubeir's visit to the two comes weeks after the Crown Prince's stand-alone visits to India and Pakistan soon after the Pulwama terror attack.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 23:45 IST
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