The crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said he shared India's concerns over terrorism but avoided mentioning Pakistan amid diplomatic tension between New Delhi and Islamabad that escalated after a suicide attack in Indian Kashmir killed 42 policemen last week.
"Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we will cooperate on all fronts, be it intelligence sharing," Mohammed Bin Salman said at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to New Delhi.
"We'll work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations," said the prince of Saudi Arabia, which is one of India's top crude oil suppliers.
His visit takes place almost a week after the Feb. 14 attack on a security convoy, the deadliest in 30 years of insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The bombing was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group although a 20-year-old Kashmiri boy was believed to have a rammed his explosive-laden vehicle with a bus carrying paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
The crown prince arrived to a warm and red-carpet welcome in India on Tuesday night, a day after he concluded a two-day trip to Pakistan amid New Delhi's claims that it was drumming up diplomatic support to isolate and nail Islamabad for its support to terrorism.
The Saudi delegation headed by Bin Salman announced an investment of $20 billion in Pakistan and made a similar commitment to Prime Minister Imran Khan to cooperate in Islamabad's fight against terrorism.
In Islamabad, the prince also said Saudi Arabia would try to mediate between Islamabad and New Delhi to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.
India has accused Pakistan of supporting cross-border terrorism and allowing and sponsoring anti-India terror activities on its soil and fuelling separatist protests in the disputed Kashmir region.
In the joint address to the media with Bin Salman, Modi once again condemned the suicide attack, calling it a sign of the dangers against humanity and that to cope with this danger "there is a need to increase pressure on the countries which support terrorism".
"It is important to demolish the infrastructure for terrorism, to end its support and to punish terrorists and its supporters," Modi said without directly referring to Pakistan - Saudi Arabia's traditional ally.
"I am happy that India and Saudi Arabia share similar thoughts on this," Modi said.
The two countries also exchanged five memorandums of understanding to increase cooperation in infrastructure, housing, tourism and communication development.