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India and Saudi Arabia will extend their partnership amid Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit on the back of growing defense and security cooperation and knowledge sharing on terror related concerns, individuals acquainted with developments said on Monday.

The two-day visit of the prince from February 19 will witness the making of a “Strategic Partnership Council” to help the organization and improve participation in a “focused and action-oriented manner”, TS Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations) in the external affairs ministry, said. The nations are relied upon to ink five assertions identified with venture, the travel industry, hotel, and broadcasting. Dialogs are in progress on conceivable Saudi interests in India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, and Indian cooperation in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM brilliant city, Red Sea the travel industry venture and an arranged amusement city.

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The people cited above said India is relied upon to raise Pakistan’s utilization of cross-border terrorism with the Saudi prince, who will hold chats with PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.

In the wake of finishing up his visit to Pakistan on Monday, the prince flew back to Riyadh, from where he will make a trip to New Delhi on Tuesday – an impression of the Saudi authority’s energy about India’s sensitivities in the fallout of the Pulwama assault.

Since the two nations marked a settlement on knowledge sharing on money laundering and terror financing in 2016, there has been active intelligence and security participation, the people said. Wanted terrorists, for example, Lashkar-e-Taiba agent Abu Sufyan and Indian Mujahideen member Zainul Abedin have been removed by Saudi Arabia, they included. “They recently collaborated with the NIA and provided active intelligence which we benefited from,” the official quoted above said.

Defense cooperation will be an essential piece of the relationship and the fourth meeting of the Joint Defense Cooperation Committee was held in Riyadh in January. The opposite sides are presently investigating the likelihood of joint creation of equipment and joint activities, with the principal maritime wargame expected to be held for the current year, the people said.

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