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India will ask Saudi to pressure Pakistan over terror

A Correspondent in Delhi | December 25, 2008 18:30 IST

After taking the western world's help, India is now turning to the Arab world to build pressure on Pakistan to act against terror utfits and the first to be approached will be Saudi Arabia, grabbing the opportunity of Prince Saud Al-Faisal's one-day visit to Delhi [Images] on Friday.

In his meeting with Faisal who is also the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee [Images] will share information that establishes a link between Pakistan-based elements and the Mumbai terror attacks, official sources said.

Mukherjee is also likely to invoke transformed ties between India and Saudi Arabia following King Abdullah's visit to New Delhi in 2006 and seek Riyadh's support in putting pressure on Islamabad [Images] to take concrete action against anti-India terror outfits in that country.

He will seek Riyadh's support in clamping down on the financing of terrorists by politely telling the prince that some of them misuse Saudi charities to generate funds for subversive activities. The issue will figure in the discussions between the two ministers, the sources said.

India is also likely to draw attention to reports in sections of Saudi media that have been critical of New Delhi and sympathetic to Islamabad.

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