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Saudi-India joint statement issued 3 Riyadh

The two sides also agreed on the importance of bilateral participation to enhance ways to ensure the security and safety of waterways in the region of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf region from threats and risks that may affect the interests of the two countries, including their national security.

The two sides stressed that extremism and terrorism are a threat to all peoples and societies, rejecting any attempt to link this global phenomenon with a particular race, religion or culture, and expressed their rejection of all terrorist acts, stressing the need to prevent access to weapons, including missiles and drones, to commit acts of terrorism against other countries.

The Indian side condemned the terrorist acts against civilian installations in the kingdom and called for closer cooperation at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center and agreed to enhance cooperation in combating terrorist operations, exchange of information, capacity building and strengthening cooperation in combating cross-border crime within the framework of the existing bilateral security cooperation.

The two sides noted the positive economic transformation in both countries, stressed the importance of expanding trade and investment ties in order to push forward strategic cooperation, expressed their happiness for the positive trend in bilateral trade over recent years, and reaffirmed further deepening of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries under Vision 2030. The two sides urged the business community of the two countries to take advantage of investment opportunities in both countries, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, mining, energy including renewable energy sources, agriculture, technology transfer and areas of skilled human resources in information technology, electronics and communications.

Also, during the visit, a number of memorandums of understanding were signed in several areas including energy, civil aviation, medical product regulation, security cooperation and defense and the launch of the RUPAY card to enhance cooperation in various sectors.

At the end of the visit, the Prime Minister of India expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of the Kingdom for the hospitality extended to him and the accompanying delegation and reiterated India's welcome and support for the kingdom's forthcoming presidency of the G20 Summit in 2020, and looked forward to participating in the upcoming summit of the leaders of the group to be held in Riyadh, noting the kingdom's great efforts within the framework of the G20.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed his best wishes for the health of the Prime Minister of India and for the progress and prosperity of the friendly Indian people.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomed the prime minister's invitation to visit the Republic of India to complete consultations and discuss issues of bilateral cooperation and regional and international issues of common interest to serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.

Issued in Riyadh 1/3/1441 H. corresponding to 29/10/2019 AD.

Source: Saudi Press Agency