Saudi Arabia on Friday joined India in pressing for urgent and transparent cooperation of all nations in ending terrorism after New Delhi apprised the Foreign Minister of the influential Arab country about how Mumbai attacks were carried out by elements based in Pakistan.
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal, who arrived in New Delhi in the morning amid chill in Indo-Pak relations, held talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on issues related to the Mumbai attacks.
Mukherjee is believed to have impressed upon Al-Faisal the need for Saudi Arabia using its influence on Pakistan to ensure that those behind the Mumbai carnage, who are in Pakistan, are brought to justice at the earliest.
During the meeting, Mukherjee is understood to have shared details of the Mumbai attacks and apprised Al-Faisal about how 10 heavily-armed terrorists were trained in Pakistan and sent from Karachi to launch well-coordinated attacks in which about 180 people, including 26 foreigners, were killed.
At a joint media interaction with his Saudi counterpart after the talks, Mukherjee said terrorism is not an issue between India and Pakistan but a global menace.
"It was agreed that global terrorism has to be dealt with by joint action among all countries. We further agreed that whatever action has to be taken to control terrorism, should be taken without delay and in a transparent manner," he said.
Agreeing with Mukherjee's views, the Saudi Minister underlined that the best way to deal with terrorism is to "cut it out" and "destroy it completely" so that there is no repeat of tragedies like Mumbai.