Saudi Arabia and India address terrorism in a rare meeting
During the first visit to Saudi Arabia by an Indian premier in nearly three decades, Manmohan Singh discussed terrorism, peace with Pakistan, and trade.
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Prime Minister Singh said of peace talks with Pakistan that India "can walk the extra mile to open a new chapter in relations between our two countries."
His statement is the latest in measured steps toward improving relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors after India restarted formal talks – suspended since the November 2008 Mumbai (Bombay) attacks – with Pakistan just last week.
“We seek cooperative relations with Pakistan. Our objective is a permanent peace because we recognize that we are bound together by a shared future. If there is cooperation between India and Pakistan, vast opportunities will open up for trade, travel, and development that will create prosperity in both countries and in South Asia as a whole,” Singh said Monday to the Saudi Consultative Council in Riyadh, according to the Indian Express.
Recent terrorist attacks have highlighted India's role in Afghanistan. About half of the victims of a suicide attack on Friday in Kabul that killed 16, for which the Taliban claimed credit, were Indian. It was the third attack on Indian interests in Kabul since 2008, The Christian Science Monitor reported.