India, Saudi Arabia sign 5 MoUs; Vow to enhance cooperation, fight terrorism

Riyadh: In a reflection of deepening bilateral ties, India and Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed five agreements and vowed to enhance bilateral cooperation and fight terrorism together.

"The two leaders agreed to further strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism, both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system of the UN," said a joint statement issued after delegation-level talks here led by Modi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

While calling upon the international community to strengthen multilateral regimes to effectively address the challenges posed by terrorism, both the leaders rejected "any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture"

Modi and King Salman discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the security situation in West Asia, Middle East and South Asia.

"The two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean regions, vital for the security and prosperity of both countries," the joint statement said. 

Modi and King Salman also agreed to promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyber space for terrorism, radicalisation and for disturbing social harmony. 

The two nations signed five Five agreements were also signed five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) including ones on labour cooperation and sharing intelligence on terror financing and money laundering. 

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to the oil-rich Gulf kingdom since the visit of Manmohan Singh in 2010.

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