India to seek Saudi anti-terror help

Dec. 24, 2008 at 7:27 AM
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NEW DELHI, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- India will ask Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to pressure Pakistan into taking action against Islamic terrorists, sources say.

With the prince to arrive in New Delhi Friday to meet with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Indian officials will use the opportunity to demonstrate what they say are clear links between Pakistani elements and the Mumbai terror attacks, unnamed sources told the Inter-Asian News Service Wednesday.

The sources said Mukherjee is likely to cite Indo-Saudi ties that were strengthened following Saudi Arabian King Abdullah's visit to New Delhi two years ago in seeking Riyadh's support in placing pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terrorism.

The news agency said New Delhi will ask the Saudis' cooperation in choking off the financing of terrorists, some of whom use Saudi charities and other fronts for generating funds for terror activities.

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