No Saudi support for Modi against Pakistan

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If he did, it wasn't made public.

Bin Salman's visit to Beijing follows one earlier this week by a high-powered delegation from Saudi Arabia's chief strategic rival, Iran.

The Crown Prince will hold wide ranging talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.

On Wednesday, as many as five Pakistanis have arrived in Lahore after being released from Saudi jails.

"Would have been foolish to snub the leader of a strategically important country out of pique, "tweeted Sadanand Dhume, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C".

While the Saudi crown prince may be best known in the West for alleged links to Khashoggi's killing, his country is famous in India for something else: It's a home away from home for almost 3 million Indian workers.

The Saudi national oil company, which along with its partner UAE's Adnoc has taken a 50 per cent stake in a planned $44-billion mega refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Maharashtra by state-owned oil companies, has bullish outlook on India's energy demand; and is keen on investing here.

Prince Mohammed was in Delhi on Wednesday. After his meeting with Modi, the Crown Prince said the Kingdom saw investment opportunities in various fields to exceed $100 billion while in Pakistan, the Crown Prince signed a raft of investment deals worth up to $20 billion in the first leg of his tour.

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At least 2,937 Pakistanis are now jailed in Saudi Arabia, according to an interior ministry report which was submitted in the Lahore High Court on September 14, 2018.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road global trade infrastructure initiative will be on the agenda, as the two countries look to improve their economic ties. Pakistan claims to be the biggest victim of terrorism.

In view of reports of attacks against Kashmiris by "nationalist" groups following the Pulwama attack, R. Prasad condemns the divisive politics.

India blames Pakistan for not doing enough to counter militant groups that operate from its soil including the one that claimed responsibility for the Kashmir auto bombing last Thursday.

India passed on to the Saudi officials that a visit to New Delhi by the crown prince "immediately following a stop in Islamabad would not be acceptable", reported India's Mint daily newspaper. It is our number one priority for investment outside Saudi Arabia. Their very presence makes many Kashmiris angry.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted MBS at the airport, with his signature yet ill-timed and thoroughly avoidable hug to welcome him as Saudi-India bilateral trajectories catch steam over the past few years.

"Our policy on listing individuals is very clear, if someone is engaged in terrorism, if someone belongs to a terror organisation that is responsible for murdering people, if somebody finances terrorism.that person.ought to be punished and if you can't capture that person, he or she has to be designated so that they can't roam the world freely and when they are captured, they are brought to justice", he told NDTV.

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