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All eyes on PM Modi’s meeting with deputy crown prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh

Modi will be the fourth indian prime minister to visit saudi arabia after manmohan singh in 2010, indira gandhi in 1982 and jawaharlal nehru in 1956..

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a two-day visit, during which he will stay at the royal family’s guest palace, all eyes will be on his meetings with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who many diplomats and Saudis feel could be the future King.

Across Riyadh, the 30-year-old Prince’s pictures are on hoardings alongside his father, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef.

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Prince Mohammad bin Salman — in diplomatic circles, he is referred to as MBS — is not just the deputy Crown Prince, but also the Defence Minister and the Chief Economic Planner of the Saudi Kingdom. Ever since he was given these crucial positions last year — after his father became King following his elder brother’s death in January 2015 — he has been driving the agenda on behalf of the country, diplomatic sources told The Indian Express .

Under his leadership, while the war against Houthis in neighbouring Yemen has evoked criticism, his economic agenda — including his announcement on Friday afternoon about selling shares in the country’s biggest oil company and raising $2 trillion — has won him accolades. The crackdown against dissidents and activists, with as many as 76 executions this year and more than 150 last year, are also being seen as his brainchild.

With reports of the Saudi King being unwell — some in Riyadh believe he suffers from dementia — Prince Mohammad, who is second-in-line for the throne, will be wooed by the Indian leadership, sources said.

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When Chinese President Xi Jinping went to Saudi Arabia, he too had a separate meeting with him. The Deputy Crown Prince also met Pakistan’s Army chief Raheel Sharif during his visit to Pakistan.

US President Barack Obama , who hosted him at Camp David last year, had said, “This is the first time we had a chance to work closely with the Deputy Crown Prince, and I think he struck us as extremely knowledgeable, very smart, I think wise beyond his years.”

At the same time, the German intelligence agency BND in December 2015 took the unusual step of publishing a one-and-a-half page memo that expressed concerns over an increasingly “impulsive policy of intervention”. Referring to the Yemen war, they said MBS was destabilising the Middle East with his dangerous and inexperienced politics.

Indian officials, however, want to downplay their meetings, and said Modi will meet prominent members of the royal family, as per protocol. New Delhi does not want to get drawn into the palace politics since there is an intense rivalry between Nayef, who is the Interior Minister, and his much younger cousin, sources said.

But the Saudis indicated that the agenda being driven by MBS will be on top of their bilateral conversation.

Abdul Karim, a professor of political science at Riyadh’s diplomatic institute who is considered close to the royal family, told The Indian Express, “Saudi Arabia is facing two major challenges: economy and terrorism. Both countries will come together on these two areas.”

He said the information-sharing agreement, signed in 2006 during King Abdullah’s visit to India, is expected to be renewed. “This visit will also open a new era of military relationship,” he said, hinting at the new deputy Crown Prince’s role.

Faheem H Al Hamid, the Jeddah-based executive editor of Okaz newspaper group, said, “This will be the first PM-level visit from a BJP government. Since BJP’s history with Muslims has not been very encouraging, it will be important to see what he has to say about Muslim minorities in India. BJP’s support for the Arab cause, vis-a-vis Israel, will also be gauged during this visit.”

“Saudi Arabia will also want India to take a position on Iran’s role in the sectarian violence in the region. Riyadh wants India to be part of the security coalition. Will Modi come out and support the war in Yemen? These are issues which will be taken up and watched closely,” he added.

Apart from official meetings, Modi will also meet top CEOs of major Saudi companies, visit the Masmak fort, interact with the Indian community and visit Tata Consultancy centre, which has trained over 1,000 Saudi women. He will also meet Indian workers at a project being implemented by L&T in Dahiat Namar in Riyadh.

“His meetings will encompass people from all walks of life, from the royalty to the Indian diaspora. It is going to be an intensive programme,” an Indian diplomat said.

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Beginning of important visit aimed at strengthening ties with valued friend: PM Modi visits Saudi Arabia

Prime minister narendra modi is in the kingdom at the invitation of saudi king salman bin abdulaziz al saud with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors, including energy and finance..

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Beginning of important visit aimed at strengthening ties with valued friend: PM Modi visits Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached Riyadh in Saudi Arabia with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors, including energy and finance.

PM Modi is in the Kingdom at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

#WATCH : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at King Khalid International Airport, he is on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/cuwmKd40t9 ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2019
Landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marking the start of an important visit aimed at strengthening ties with a valued friend. Will be taking part in a wide range of programmes during this visit. pic.twitter.com/3MskcllePr Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2019

India and Saudi Arabia will sign a raft of key pacts to significantly ramp up ties in several key sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy and civil aviation during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to the Gulf nation beginning Monday.

The major pacts to be signed included an agreement to launch an India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council, an MoU to roll out RuPay card, India's digital payment system, and a separate one on bringing coordination between e-migration systems of the two countries, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry TS Tirumurti said.

PM Modi is also expected to meet Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Labour and Social Development Minister Ahmad bin Sulaiman Alrajhi and Environment and Agriculture Minister Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley on Tuesday.

A lunch will be hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in honour of PM Modi at the Royal Court.

PM Modi is slated to hold a bilateral meeting with the King following which an exchange of agreements will take place.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Saudi Arabia on October 29th

Modi will attend the 3rd session of the Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on October 29, External Affairs ministry announced here on Thursday.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying an official visit to Saudi Arabia on October 29 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia his majesty Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud," TS Tirumurti, Chief Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs said at a press briefing here.

The Prime Minister will be attending the third session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum in Riyadh, where he will deliver the keynote address, he added.

"There will also be a bilateral segment to his visit where PM Modi will meet Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and hold bilateral talks with him," Tirumurti said.

"An agreement on the Strategic Partnership Council will also be signed. There will also be separate delegation-level talks with the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia," Tirumurti said.

PM Modi will also launch RuPay card in Saudi Arabia during his trip.

The two countries will hold joint naval exercises in December this year, Trimurti said.

The MEA spokesperson said Prime Minister will reach Riyadh late night on October 28 and the next day, a few Saudi ministers will call on him.

Later the next day, PM will address the FII plenary session. PM Modi will leave for Delhi the same night, the MEA spokesperson said.

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Pictures From PM Narendra Modi's Visit to Saudi Arabia

Pm modi, who is on a two-day visit to the gulf kingdom, called on king salman bin abdulaziz and the two leaders exchanged views on working together closely to strengthen bilateral ties. pm narendra modi and crown prince mohammed bin salman exchange the strategic partnership council agreement in riyadh, saudi arabia. take a look at the pictures....

Last Updated: 2019-10-30 11:48:59

PM Narendra Modi meets H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi meets H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman exchange the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement, in Riyadh. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman exchange the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement, in Riyadh. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi addresses during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi addresses during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi meets H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with King Abdullah II of Jordan before a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi shakes hands with King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi shakes hands with King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with King Abdullah II of Jordan, at a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi during a meeting with H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi during a meeting with H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

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PM Narendra Modi being received on his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Image: PTI)

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India-Saudi Arabia Joint Statement during the visit of PM to Saudi Arabia

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1. At the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Shri Narendra Modi paid a two-day official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2-3 April 2016.

2. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 3 April at the Royal Court. The two leaders held discussions in the spirit of the strong friendship that binds the two countries and their peoples. During the visit, Prime Minister Modi also met with His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Premier & Minister of Interior and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier & Minister of Defence. Prime Minister Modi also received Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health & Chairman of the Executive Board of Saudi Aramco.

3. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prime Minister Modi exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. The two leaders underlined the close and friendly bilateral ties, deep-rooted in shared history and sustained and nourished through growing economic partnership, multi-faceted cooperation and vibrant people to people contacts. The wide-ranging and constructive discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere and enabled better understanding and appreciation of each other’s concerns and perspectives, recognizing the close interlinkage of the stability and security of the Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent and the need for maintaining a secure and peaceful environment for the development of the countries of the region.

4. Both leaders expressed appreciation for the successful transformation of bilateral relationship in political, economic, security, defence, manpower and people to people exchanges, in recent years, which have enriched bilateral ties. They expressed satisfaction at the regular exchange of high-level visits between the two countries, underlining that the Delhi Declaration (2006) and the Riyadh Declaration (2010) elevated the mutually beneficial bilateral relations to the level of ‘Strategic Partnership’.

5. Cognizant of their responsibility for promoting peace, stability and security in the region and the world, the two leaders emphasized the importance of further cementing bilateral strategic engagement, including in the areas of security and defence cooperation, to serve the common interests of the two countries and their peoples.

6. Prime Minister Modi acknowledged that the MoU on Defence Cooperation signed during the visit of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to India in February 2014 as the then Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was an important milestone in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. The two leaders agreed upon the need to intensify bilateral defence cooperation, through exchange of visits by military personnel and experts, conduct of joint military exercises, exchange of visits of ships and aircrafts and supply of arms and ammunition and their joint development. They also welcomed the decision for convening of the second meeting of Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation in Riyadh to follow up on the visit of Prime Minister Modi.

7. The two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean regions, vital for the security and prosperity of both countries. They further agreed to promote bilateral collaboration for humanitarian assistance and evacuation in natural disasters and conflict situations.

8. The two leaders expressed strong condemnation of the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, irrespective of who the perpetrators were and of their motivations.

9. Affirming that the menace of extremism and terrorism threatens all nations and societies, the two leaders rejected totally any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture. They called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists operating and perpetrating terrorism from their territories against other states; and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice.

10. The two leaders agreed to further strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism, both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system of the UN. The two leaders called upon the international community to strengthen multilateral regimes to effectively address the challenges posed by terrorism. The two sides agreed to work together towards the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations. The Prime Minister lauded Kingdom’s efforts at fighting terrorism in all its aspects and its active participation in international efforts towards this end. The Indian side was briefed on the Kingdom’s initiative in bringing together Islamic Alliance against terrorism.

11. Acknowledging and commending their strong bilateral security cooperation, the two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity-building and to strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug-trafficking and other transnational crimes. They welcomed the signing of an MOU on cooperation in exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, related crimes and terrorism financing. The two sides further agreed to take action against illegal transfer of money.

12. Both leaders agreed to promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyber space for terrorism, radicalization and for disturbing social harmony. The two leaders directed their relevant agencies to coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism for pursuing political aims. The two leaders welcomed exchanges and dialogue between religious scholars and intellectuals of both countries and the organization of conferences and seminars to promote values of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and welfare, inherent in all religions.

13. Reiterating the significance of regular bilateral interactions in reinforcing the momentum for bilateral cooperation, the leaders noted with satisfaction the increase in high-level exchanges between the two countries in recent years. They underlined the importance of regular exchange of visits, including at the levels of ministers and senior officials.

14. Both leaders appreciated the well-functioning bilateral institutional mechanisms in the field of trade & investment, energy, defence and manpower. They noted that new and potential areas of cooperation identified during the meetings held under these mechanisms had a constructive effect on the expanding bilateral ties and further called for effective implementation of the decisions made under the framework of these mechanisms.

15. The two leaders welcomed the positive outcomes of the 11th session of the Joint Commission Meeting held in New Delhi in May 2015 and its Review Meeting held in Riyadh in December 2015. The two leaders mandated the Saudi-India Joint Commission to continue follow up of the decisions taken at the highest levels for cementing the bilateral strategic partnership.

16. Acknowledging the on-going positive transformation of the economies of India and Saudi Arabia, the two leaders emphasized the importance of expanding trade and investment ties to drive the strategic engagement forward. They directed their Finance and Trade Ministers to work together to find ways and means to substantially increase the flow of bilateral investments and growth of trade ties.

17. Acknowledging the steady increase in bilateral trade over the last few years, the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the USD 39 billion trade in 2014-15. Taking note of the excellent trade and economic engagement, with the two countries being among the top trading partners for each other, the two leaders agreed upon the need to further strengthen these ties, particularly through diversifying non-oil trade.

18. Both leaders expressed satisfaction at the growing presence of Indian and Saudi companies in each other’s market and agreed to further encourage trade promotion measures and participation in fairs and exhibitions. They welcomed the meeting of Saudi India Business Council in New Delhi in December 2015 and agreed that Council was a useful platform for furthering trade and economic cooperation.

19. The two sides conveyed satisfaction at the holding of the 4th India GCC Industrial Forum at King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah in November 2015. The Saudi side thanked India for active participation of a large number of Indian companies in the International Fairs and Exhibitions held in Riyadh and Jeddah.

20. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz lauded the strong growth shown by Indian economy and expressed appreciation for Prime Minister Modi’s remarkable vision for the future of the country. He commended Prime Minister Modi’s worthy initiatives of “Start Up India”, “Make in India”, “Smart City”, and “Clean India”, noting their strong potential to provide Indian economy a positive thrust for growth.

21. The Indian side highlighted the key initiatives taken by the Government of India to improve the ease of doing business in the country and India’s key efforts to simplify and rationalize existing rules and relax the foreign direct investment norms in key areas, including railways, defence and insurance. Inviting Saudi Arabia to be a partner in India’s growth story, Prime Minister Modi encouraged Saudi Aramco, SABIC and other Saudi companies to invest in the infrastructure sector in India and to participate in projects creating mega industrial manufacturing corridors, smart cities as well as the Digital India and Start up India programmes.

22. The Saudi side expressed its interest in investing in infrastructure development in India, especially in priority areas such as railways, roads, ports, and shipping. The Saudi side welcomed interest of Indian side in investing in the Kingdom, especially taking advantage of the competitive investment opportunities offered by the Saudi economic and Industrial cities.

23. Both leaders also welcomed the signing of the framework agreement between the General Investment Authority in Saudi Arabia and Invest India aimed at facilitating investments by the private sectors in the two countries.

24. Keeping in view the importance of energy security as a key pillar of the strategic partnership, the two leaders expressed satisfaction at their growing bilateral trade in the energy sector, acknowledging Saudi Arabia as the largest supplier of crude oil to India.

25. The two leaders agreed to transform the buyer-seller relationship in the energy-sector to one of deeper partnership focusing on investment and joint ventures in petrochemical complexes, and cooperation in joint exploration in India, Saudi Arabia and in third countries. The two sides also agreed to focus on areas of training and human resources development and cooperation in research and development in the energy sector. In this regard, the two leaders expressed the need for regular meetings under the umbrella of India-Saudi Arabia Ministerial Energy Dialogue.

26. The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between educational institutions, universities and higher research institutions of the two countries.

27. Both leaders emphasized the importance of continued promotion of scientific and technological collaboration, including in the areas of renewable energy including solar, Information and Communication technology, space technology, sustainable development, arid agriculture, desert ecology, urban development, healthcare and bio-technology. The two sides further agreed to collaborate on areas of food security.

28. The Saudi side appreciated the initiative taken by the Prime Minister of India leading to the formation of International Solar Alliance. They acknowledged the importance of this Alliance in advancing new solar technologies worldwide.

29. Recognizing the vibrant people to people contacts that provided strong bonds between the two countries, the two leaders lauded the valuable role of the Indian community in Saudi Arabia and its contribution to the progress and development of both India and Saudi Arabia. They welcomed the signing of an agreement on labour cooperation for recruitment of General Category Workers. Both sides also welcomed the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Consular issues under the umbrella of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission to discuss consular issues on a regular basis.

30. Prime Minister Modi conveyed his sincere appreciation for the excellent arrangements made by the Saudi authorities for the comfort of the Haj and Umrah pilgrims from India.

31. The two leaders noted that India and Saudi Arabia have shared civilizational ties over history that are enriched by the movement of goods, peoples and ideas. They believed that this common heritage can be drawn upon to strengthen their convergence on approaching contemporary challenges. A broad approach of humanism and tolerance and a conviction that faith should unite rather than divide can be a positive factor in international relations.

32. The two leaders discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the security situation in West Asia, Middle East and South Asia, in the light of their common interest in the regional and global peace, security and stability. Referring to the earlier declarations with regard to the situations in Yemen and Syria, they called for the implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions (2216, 2254 and 2268). They also expressed grave concern regarding security situation in Libya and Iraq. In this regard, they reiterated the importance of peaceful resolution of these issues through dialogue and political negotiations.

33. During their discussions on regional issues, the two sides emphasized the importance of the principle of good neighbourliness, non-interference in internal affairs, respect of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and resolution of dispute through peaceful means.

34. The two sides expressed their hope for achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of international legitimacy, in a way that guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of their independent, united and viable state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

35. Both leaders emphasized the importance of an effective multilateral system, centred on a UN reflective of contemporary realities, as a key factor in tackling global challenges. They stressed upon the urgent need to pursue UN reforms, including of the Security Council through an expansion in both categories of its membership, to make it more representative, credible and effective.

36. The leaders agreed that the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Saudi Arabia helped in further consolidating and deepening the strategic partnership framework and further development of excellent bilateral relations in all spheres, to serve the common interests of the two countries and their peoples.

37. Prime Minister Modi expressed his sincere gratitude to His Majesty the King for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality. He invited His Majesty the King to pay an official visit to India at mutually convenient time, which was gladly accepted.

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Saudi crown prince in india: pm modi said economic corridor will not only connect india and saudi arabia but also help in providing growth to asia and europe..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saudi Arabia is one of India's most important strategic partners, after his bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in New Delhi on Monday. Both leaders also signed the minutes of the first meeting of the India-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council held at Hyderabad House.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia speaks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival for a ceremonial reception at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Monday,(AP)

"As two large and fast-growing economies of the world, our mutual cooperation is important for peace and stability in the entire region. In our talks, we have identified several initiatives to take our partnership to the next level. Today's talks will provide new energy and direction to our relations. This will provide us inspiration to work together for the welfare of humanity," Modi said at a joint press briefing.

Speaking on the historic economic corridor between India, West Asia and Europe , Modi said, “Yesterday, we have taken a decision to start the historic economic corridor... This corridor will not only connect two countries but also help in providing economic growth, and digital connectivity between Asia, West Asia and Europe. Under your leadership and vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has seen tremendous economic growth…”

At the G20 Leaders' Summit on Saturday, India, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the European Union announced a historic agreement to launch a mega India-Middle East-Europe shipping and railway connectivity corridor.

This is a historic and first-of-its-kind initiative on cooperation on connectivity and infrastructure involving India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, EU, France , Italy , Germany and the US.

The crown prince congratulated Modi on the management of the G20 Summit held between September 9 and 10, and the initiatives achieved, including the economic corridor.

"...There was no disagreement at all during the history of this (India-Saudi Arabia) relationship but there is cooperation to build the future of our country and create opportunities. Today we are working on future opportunities...I congratulate you on the management of the G 20 Summit and the initiatives achieved, including the Economic Corridor linking the Middle East, India and Europe which requires that we work diligently in order to create it into reality...," Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud said.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar, national security advisor Ajit Doval and others were present in the meeting.

Saudi Crown Prince on State visit to India

The crown prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, who arrived in New Delhi on a three-day State visit to India attended the G20 Summit.

Modi and the crown prince reviewed the progress made under the two ministerial committees of the Strategic Partnership Council i.e. the Committee on Political, Security, Social and Cultural Cooperation and the Committee on Economy and Investments Cooperation.

Modi and the Saudi Arabia leader also discussed all aspects of bilateral relations, including political, security, defence, trade and economic, cultural and people-to-people ties. Both the leaders will also discuss the regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The Saudi crown prince was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers and senior officials.

Prior to his meeting with Modi, Mohammed bin Salman received a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The prince then inspected a combined defence services guard of honour. In a brief statement, Mohammed bin Salman congratulated India for a successful G20 presidency.

Speaking to reporters, he said, "Well done India, a lot of announcements made that will benefit both our countries, the G20 countries and the whole world. So I want to say to India well done, and we will work to create a future for both countries."

Later in the day, he is scheduled to call on President Droupadi Murmu.

Mohammed bin Salman on G20 Summit

Speaking at the G20 Summit, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, "... We look forward to the integration of the initiative and the economic corridor project which is announced in this meeting. I would like to thank those who worked with us to reach this founding step to establish this important economic corridor..."

Modi said the mega-deal would give a sustainable direction to connectivity and sustainability across the world. Earlier, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince visited India on a State visit in February 2019 and the current visit will be his second State visit to the country.

"India and Saudi Arabia have historically close and friendly relations with extensive people-to-people contacts. The trade between both countries reached all-time high of USD 52.75 billion in FY 2022-23, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in an earlier press release.

India is Saudi Arabia’s second-largest trading partner whereas Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner. Both countries also have a strong partnership in the area of energy, according to an MEA statement released earlier.

Saudi Arabia also hosted a three-day event in conjunction with the G20 Leader’s Summit to provide an immersive and interactive experience of the Kingdom’s leading projects in various fields.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Since PM Modi’s first visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016, the relationship between 2 nations has cemented

Prime minister narendra modi on monday said that the india-saudi arabia partnership is crucial for the stability, and welfare of….

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PM Modi and Saudi Crown Prince in Delhi on Monday, September 11, 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the India-Saudi Arabia partnership is crucial for the stability, and welfare of the region and world.

In response to the changing times, we are giving our relationships a new dimension, Prime Minister Modi remarked during the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council meeting. Saudi Arabia is one of India’s most significant strategic allies.

“We have identified a number of opportunities to advance our strong collaboration. India has a lot to gain from Saudi Arabia. During a meeting with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at Hyderabad House, PM Modi said, “I once again thank His Royal Highness for his contribution to the success of the G20 Summit.

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“We have identified a number of opportunities to advance our strong collaboration. India has a lot to gain from Saudi Arabia. During a meeting with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at Hyderabad House, PM Modi said, “I once again thank His Royal Highness for his contribution to the success of the G20 Summit.”

The Saudi Crown Prince flew into Delhi on Friday for a three-day stay and continued on for his state visit after the G20 Summit.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stated, “There has never been any quarrel in the history of our relationship (between Saudi Arabia and India), but there is cooperation to develop the future of our nation and generate chances. We are focusing on potential future opportunities today.”

He further noted, “I congratulate you on the management of the G 20 Summit and the initiatives achieved, including the Economic Corridor linking the Middle East, India and Europe which requires that we work diligently in order to create it into reality.”

Quick to respond was the MEA. It tweeted,”Transforming India-Saudi Arabian ties!,”

Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and PM Modi met separately. The two leaders talked about how to better realise the potential of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership while reviewing the many facets of bilateral ties.

Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the crown prince and prime minister of Saudi Arabia, held a formal reception earlier that day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the nation’s capital. During the occasion, he also spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu, and other ministers.

The bilateral relations were significantly boosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trips to Saudi Arabia, first in 2016 and then again in 2019, as well as by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s trip to India in the same year.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and has landed in Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.  PM Modi was invited by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors, including energy and finance.

Riyadh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for a two-day visit to the country.

The Prime Minister was received by Saudi officials. He inspected a guard of honour at the airport and will be staying at the King Saud Palace during the visit.

PM Modi is in the Kingdom at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and with an aim to boost bilateral ties between the two countries in key sectors, including energy and finance.   The visit would witness the Prime Minister launching the RuPay card in the country, besides meeting several ministers from the Saudi leadership on Tuesday. PM Modi is also expected to meet Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Labour and Social Development Minister Ahmad bin Sulaiman Alrajhi and Environment and Agriculture Minister Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley on Tuesday.   A lunch will be hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in honour of the Prime Minister at the Royal Court. The Prime Minister is slated to hold a bilateral meeting with the King following which an exchange of agreements will take place.   He will deliver a keynote address at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) which will be followed by an interaction with a moderator at the conference. The FII Forum is also known as the 'Davos in the Desert' which has been hosted by Riyadh since 2017 to project the Kingdom as a potential investment hub in the region.

After delivering the address, Modi will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A dinner will be hosted by the Crown Prince in honour of the Indian leader. PM Modi will then depart for New Delhi in the night after wrapping up his engagements.

Prior to his departure, PM Modi said in a statement that he looks forward to his participation in the FII Forum where he would be speaking about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024.

In his statement, the Prime Minister noted that India and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed traditionally close and friendly relations and that the latter has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India's energy needs.   PM Modi's visit to Saudi Arabia comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following New Delhi's decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has unilaterally downgraded bilateral ties and has been attempting to internationalise the Kashmir issue but to no avail.

The Prime Minister's aircraft had to take a long detour by crossing the Arabian Sea, as Pakistan had denied permission to allow the plane to use its airspace while flying to Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan on Sunday turned down a request from India for the use of its airspace for Modi's visit to Saudi Arabia. According to media reports, India had sought Pakistan's permission for the same.

Sources in the government have said that New Delhi has taken the matter to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). According to the sources, overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as prescribed by the ICAO guidelines.

"Overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per the prescribed guidelines of the ICAO. India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. We have taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body," said the sources.   Pakistan had earlier also denied PM Modi access to its air space for his visit to the US to attend the 74th UN General Assembly session in September. Prior to this, President Ram Nath Kovind was also denied permission to use Pakistan's airspace for his official visit to Europe.

                    

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PM Modi renews invitation to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed to visit India

In advance of Saudi Arabia’s National Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent greetings to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and extended a fresh invitation for him to visit India soon.

PM Modi renews invitation to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed to visit India

Ahead of the National Day of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and renewed the invitation to him to visit India at an early date. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar who just concluded his first official visit to Saudi Arabia and held talks with the top leadership here discussed measures for enhancing bilateral relations across all domains, including political, trade, energy, defence and security, the Indian embassy here said in a press release.

He met the Saudi Crown Prince in Jeddah on Sunday and handed over a written message from Prime Minister Modi, conveying greetings on the upcoming National Day of Saudi Arabia on September 23 and reiterating the invitation to the Crown Prince to visit India at an early date, the press release said. Crown Prince Mohammed paid his first State visit to India in February 2019. During the meeting, bilateral relations between the two countries and opportunities for enhancing them were reviewed and the latest regional and international developments, as well as the efforts being exerted towards them, were discussed, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Earlier on Sunday in Riyadh, Jaishankar held talks with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan and discussed current global political as well as economic issues and agreed to work closely together in G-20 and multilateral organisations. The two ministers co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Committee on Political, Security, Social and Cultural Cooperation (PSSC), under the framework of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council. Both ministers assessed the progress in bilateral relations positively across all domains including political, trade, energy, investments, defence, security and culture.

Several areas were identified for further enhancing bilateral cooperation such as food security, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, defence industry and entertainment, the Indian embassy press release said. The two ministers endorsed the work of the four Joint Working Groups of the PSSC (Political and Consular; Defence; Legal and Security; and Social and Cultural) as well as the Senior Officials Meetings. They also discussed greater coordination between the two countries in multilateral organisations, especially the G-20, the statement said.

Jaishankar met the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf on September 10 and discussed India-GCC relations. Jaishankar and GCC Secretary General also signed an MOU on Mechanism of Consultations between India and GCC. The MOU provides for the institutionalisation of annual dialogue between India and the GCC and setting up Working Groups on different areas of cooperation.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner. More than 18 per cent of India’s crude oil imports are sourced from Saudi Arabia. During FY22 (April -December), bilateral trade was valued at USD 29.28 billion. During this period, India’s imports from Saudi Arabia were valued at USD 22.65 billion and exports to Saudi Arabia were worth USD 6.63 billion. The approximately 2.2-million-strong Indian community is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom, according to the Indian embassy in Riyadh. The top leadership of both countries remained in close touch even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Supporters of an anti-corruption crusader and one of India’s most consequential politicians of the last decade held protests Friday against his arrest, which opposition parties say is part of a crackdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ’s government before national elections.

Arvind Kejriwal, who is New Delhi’s top elected official, was arrested Thursday night by the federal Enforcement Directorate, which is controlled by Modi’s Hindu nationalist government . The agency accused Kejriwal’s party and ministers of accepting $12 million in bribes from liquor contractors nearly two years ago.

Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, or Common People’s Party, said the accusations were fabricated. The party said Kejriwal will remain New Delhi’s chief minister while it fights the accusations in court. Late Friday, a New Delhi court allowed the agency to take Kejriwal into custody for seven days.

In 2023, as part of the same case, the agency arrested Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, and AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh.

In the lead-up to the general election, which starts April 19, India’s opposition parties accuse the government of misusing its power to harass and weaken its political opponents. They point to a spree of raids, arrests and corruption investigations against key opposition figures. Meanwhile, some probes against erstwhile opposition leaders who later defected to Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been dropped.

“It looks like harassment because only opposition leaders are being singled out,” said political commentator Neerja Chowdhury, adding that there’s been no investigation against anyone in the BJP. “It’s not a level playing field.”

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The BJP denies using law enforcement agencies to target the opposition and says the agencies act independently.

On Friday, hundreds of AAP supporters and some senior party leaders clashed with the police, who whisked some of them away in buses.

“This is dictatorship. All this is done to win the national polls,” said AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj, referring to the BJP.

Kejriwal’s AAP is part of a broad alliance of opposition parties called INDIA, the main challenger to Modi’s BJP in the elections to be held from April until June.

Kejriwal’s arrest is another setback for the bloc and came after the Congress party accused the government Thursday of crippling the party by freezing its bank accounts in a tax dispute. But it has also led to a rare show of strength by the opposition figures who slammed the move as undemocratic and accused Modi’s party of misusing the agency.

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“India is under an undeclared Emergency. Our democracy stands critically endangered today,” AAP lawmaker Raghav Chadha said on X.

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Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla said that Kejriwal’s party was playing the “victim card” and that the leader should resign from his chief minister post.

In January, the agency arrested Hemant Soren — who was, until then, the chief minister of eastern Jharkhand state — for allegedly facilitating an illegal land sale. Soren’s party denies the accusations.

Gandhi was convicted of criminal libel in 2023 after a complaint by a member of Modi’s party. A two-year prison sentence disqualified him from parliament for a time, until the verdict was suspended.

Kejriwal launched the AAP in 2012 and campaigned on a promise to rid the Indian political system of corruption and inefficiency. The party’s symbol — a broom — and its promise to sweep the administration of graft struck a chord with Delhi residents.

The party won the Delhi state legislature election a year later, when he became the chief minister — a feat he repeated in 2015 and 2020. Kejriwal’s party also governs northern Punjab state.

Modi has previously said his party is targeting 370 seats out of 543 in the upcoming national polls. To achieve that, experts say the BJP will have to repeat its electoral triumph in 2019, in which it won an overwhelming majority of the seats in northern India, including all seven seats in Delhi.

Chowdhury, the commentator, said Kejriwal is the star face of his party.

“He’s very politically savvy, and in Delhi, the AAP has goodwill — their tie-up with the Congress for the elections would have posed a challenge for the BJP to pull that off again.

“But the big question is: Will Kejriwal’s arrest galvanize voters? The investigations against opposition leaders so far has not had the kind of traction they may have expected,” Chowdhury said, “but now with this arrest, will public opinion start to turn?”

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"India-Saudi Partnership Crucial For World Stability": PM To Prince Salman

The saudi crown prince arrived in delhi for a three-day tour which began with the g20 summit in the national capital..

This is Prince Salman's second State visit to India.

Trade, economy, defence, and cultural cooperation were the main topics of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud during the latter's State visit today.

During the high-profile meeting today at Delhi's Hyderabad House, the two leaders co-chaired the first leaders' meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council, a bilateral agreement between India and Saudi Arabia signed by the two nations in Riyadh in 2019.

"For India, Saudi Arabia counts as one of its closest and biggest strategic partners," PM Modi said. "India-Saudi Arabia partnership crucial for stability, welfare of region and world."

"We are adding a new dimension to our ties in tune with changing times. We have identified several initiatives to take our close partnership to the next level," he added.

The leaders assessed the progress of the two ministerial committees of the Strategic Partnership Council, namely the Political, Security, Social and Cultural Cooperation Committee and the Economy and Investments Cooperation Committee. They also discussed all aspects of bilateral relations, including political, security, defence, trade, economy, culture, and people-to-people ties. Additionally, they discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10 am, ahead of his meeting with PM Modi at 11 am.

"I am very glad to be here in India. I want to congratulate India for the G20 Summit," the Crown Prince said. 

After concluding his engagements with PM Modi and other dignitaries, Prince Salman will meet President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6:30 PM before departing from New Delhi at 8:30 PM.

During the two-day G20 Summit in New Delhi, Saudi Arabia was one of the signatories to the ambitious India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor.

The initiative, seen by many as a potential alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative, was jointly announced by PM Modi and the leaders of the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, and the European Union on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"Yesterday, we took a decision to start a historic economic corridor between India, West Asia and Europe. This corridor will not only connect two countries but also help in providing economic growth, and digital connectivity between Asia, West Asia and Europe," PM Modi said. 

Once completed, the project can serve as a modern-day Silk Road that functioned as the central trade route facilitating economic partnerships, political alliances, and cultural integration across continents. 

Prime Minister Modi also cited Saudi Arabia's 'Vision 2030' initiative, an all-encompassing nationwide reform programme launched in 2016 for the economic, cultural and architectural development of the Middle Eastern country.

"Under your leadership and Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has seen tremendous economic growth and I congratulate you for that," PM Modi said. 

India-Saudi Arabia Ties

India and Saudi Arabia have a long history of cordial and cooperative relations, with extensive people-to-people ties. According to government data, bilateral trade between the two countries reached an all-time high of USD 52.75 billion in fiscal year 2022-23.

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PM Modi during his 2019 visit to Riyadh had said that India and Saudi Arabia have a Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation (JCDC) that meets regularly and that the two countries have identified a number of areas of mutual interest and cooperation in the field of defence and security.

The two economic powerhouses are also major trading partners. India is Saudi Arabia's second-largest trading partner, while Saudi Arabia is India's fourth-largest. The two countries have a strong partnership in the energy sector, with India importing a significant amount of oil from Saudi Arabia.

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​​Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will pay a State visit to Bhutan from 22-23 March 2024. The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Bhutan and the Government’s emphasis on its Neighbourhood First Policy.

​​​During the visit, Prime Minister will receive audience with His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. Prime Minister will also hold talks with the Prime Minister of Bhutan H.E. Mr. Tshering Tobgay.

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