Saudi Crown Prince's Visit To India Signals Pivot Eastward For Riyadh

New Delhi:Saudi Arabia to invest US $ 100 billion in India, Haj quota increased to two lac

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in China

This comes on a day when Saudi Arabia said that it shares India's concerns over terror in the wake of the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which at least 44 CRPF personnel were killed.

He also sought to allay India's fears about Pakistan-Saudi joint statement calling for avoiding "politicisation" of the United Nations listing regime, saying it was not directed at India's efforts to list Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". ♦ Exercise restraint: UN UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and take "immediate steps" to de-escalate tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, reiterating that his good offices are available if asked by both sides.

So, whilst Modi's cheerleaders in the media may be expecting their "strong leader" to teach Pakistan a lesson, the man who once promised to "reply to Pakistan in its own language" once again appeared to have pulled off another diplomatic disaster as India's prime minister.

The global community led by the USA has pressed Pakistan to deny safe haven to terror groups operating from its soil and bring the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack to justice.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia signed investment agreements with Pakistan worth $20bn.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves next to India's President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi. This is exactly India's viewpoint, that talks and terror can not continue, and only when terror ceases, that necessary conditions for dialogue would be created. "We are looking at other opportunities". We will cooperate with you (India) in all possible ways including intelligence sharing to counter terrorism.

"It is the drive of (the) Royal Highness that India is number one on our priority for investment outside Saudi Arabia", Falih added.

Saudi ties with Asian countries have transformed over the past decade as they displaced the the kingdom's main oil buyers. THe terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in Kashmir.

Top RIL executives met the Saudi delegation on Wednesday, said a person privy to the development.

Both India and Pakistan had expected a scaling up of investments on the crown prince's first tour of the region since the storm over the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman touched down in Beijing Thursday to begin the last leg of his Asia tour, created to build relations and clinch deals as the kingdom faces a diplomatic chill in the West. Calling Modi his "elder brother", whose demand he couldn't refuse, Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed to increase the Haj quota for India to 200,000.

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