10 takeaways from PM Modi’s speech after joint declaration with Prince of Saudi Arabia to fight terror

Stronger bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism, maritime security and cyber security will benefit both India and Saudi Arabia, PM Modi said

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is on an India tour, signed five agreements between the two countries following a bilateral meeting.

After this, in a joint press briefing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at length on terrorism.

The important bilateral talk follows close on the heels of the suspected Pakistan-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir.
The 10 points PM Modi highlighted after the India-Saudi Arabia joint declaration follow.

  1. PM Modi described the barbaric terrorist attack in Pulwama last week as a sign of the danger humanity faces in today’s world.
  2. Modi said after interacting with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman, “To deal effectively with this threat, we agree that putting all possible pressure on countries supporting any kind of terrorism is required.
  3. The prime minister said it was very important to destroy the basic infrastructure of terrorism, end its support, punish the terrorists and their supporters.
  4. After talking to the Saudi Arabian prince, the PM said, “We have successfully discussed the strengthening and expanding mutual defence cooperation in the context of our strategic environment.”
  5. “It is time to transform our energy relations into a strategic alliance,” Modi said.
  6. “We have also agreed that stronger bilateral cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, maritime security and cyber security will be beneficial for both countries,” the PM said based on the joint declaration.
  7. “Both our countries have shared interests in ensuring peace and stability in West Asia and the Gulf. In our talks today, we have agreed to coordinate our work in this field and to speed up our participation,” the PM said.
  8. “Cooperation in fighting extremism and also a strong action plan for this are required so that violence and terror don’t mislead our youth. I am glad that Saudi Arabia and India have shared thoughts about this,” Modi said.
  9. Destroying the infrastructure of terrorism and ending its support and punishing terrorists and their supporters is very important, the PM said.
  10. “Today we have had a comprehensive and meaningful discussion on all subjects of bilateral relations. We have decided to take our economic cooperation to new heights,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.