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Congress attacks PM Modi over India-Saudi Arabia joint statement, says he 'forgot' to mention Pakistan's name

Though the joint statement, issued late Wednesday evening, said the two leaders condemned the Pulwama terror attack in the strongest possible terms, it did not name Pakistan in this context.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 21, 2019 11:15 IST
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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the joint statement issued after his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Congress on Thursday said PM Modi "forgot" to write the name of "terror nourisher" Pakistan in the document.

Though the joint statement, issued late Wednesday evening, said the two leaders condemned the Pulwama terror attack in the strongest possible terms, it did not name Pakistan in this context.

The joint statement also called on all countries, without naming Pakistan, to renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

"Modiji on February 18 said 'the time for talks with Pakistan is over, and now action will be taken'," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

"Modiji on February 20 saying --India and Pakistan will talk as Modiji has been trying for since May 2014," he said, referring to a paragraph in the document that talked about the Indian and the Saudi sides agreeing on the need for creation of conditions necessary for resumption of comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan.

The prime minister "forgot" to write the name of "terror nourisher" Pakistan in the joint statement,  Surjewala said.

The Crown Prince "appreciated consistent efforts made by Prime Minister Modi since May 2014 including Prime Minister's personal initiatives to have friendly relations with Pakistan," the joint statement said.

"In this context, both sides agreed on the need for creation of conditions necessary for resumption of comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan," it said. 

The talks between the prime minister and the Saudi Crown Prince came days after the February 14 attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

(With PTI inputs)

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