Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud began his one-day state visit to India after the conclusion of the G20 summit. He also had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ‘Hyderabad House’ in New Delhi. During the meeting of “Saudi-India Strategic Partnership Council”, he said that a plan is also being prepared to build an economic corridor with India. However, he said the work is difficult and will take a lot of time and effort.
He said that relations between Saudi Arabia and India are beneficial for both countries and both countries are working together for future opportunities. He said that the Indian community living in Saudi Arabia is a part of us and we will take care of them as our citizens. In the past, many agreements have been signed in India and Saudi Arabia. India spoke of further strengthening its strategic ties with Saudi Arabia.
This was the first leaders’ meeting of the Council, which was announced during Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Saudi Arabia in 2019. He said this has strengthened our strategic relations. Speaking about adding new and modern dimensions to these relations, Prime Minister Modi described Saudi Arabia as one of the most important strategic partners and described both as the fastest growing economies in the world. He said that this partnership is important for the peace and stability of the entire region.
Prime Minister Modi said, “This meeting will give a new energy and direction to our relations. We will be inspired to continue working for the betterment of humanity. We have talked about establishing a historic corridor between India, West Asia and Europe. This will strengthen economic cooperation, energy development and digital connectivity between us. “I congratulate the Crown Prince on the rapid economic and social progress he is making through his ‘Vision 2030’.”
He also thanked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud for his commitment to the welfare of Indians living in Saudi Arabia and for his contribution to the success of the G20. This is the second state visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to India after 2019. Before the meeting, he was accorded a traditional welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. More than 2 dozen MoUs were signed in the fields of IT, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and human resources.
During this, the Crown Prince praised India and said that these agreements will improve the future of both countries. The Crown Prince also pointed out at the meeting that 7% of the population of Saudi Arabia belong to the Indian community, which has made a major contribution to the country’s economic development. He expressed hope that this council will fulfill the aspirations of the citizens of both countries. A large deal was also signed in the energy sector. Earlier, Mohammed bin Salman had also met President Draupadi Murmu.