India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to set up a strategic partnership council to deepen cooperation to combat terrorism.
India’s External Affairs Ministry says Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir discussed the proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a brief visit to New Delhi on Monday.
Without naming Pakistan, Swaraj said an immediate irreversible and verifiable action to dismantle terror infrastructure is essential to fight the menace of terrorism.
Saudi Arabia wields considerable influence over Pakistan through a sizeable economic support. India expects Saudi Arabia to persuade Pakistan to stop supporting insurgents fighting Indian forces in disputed Kashmir.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered intelligence sharing with India during his visit to New Delhi last month.