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Official Visit of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to India

February 21, 2014

  1. At the invitation of the Hon'ble Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia is paying an official visit to India from 26-28 February, 2014. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation including cabinet ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.
  2. The bilateral visit of HRH Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the highest level political visit to India from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the landmark visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in January 2006 as the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations. The official visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Riyadh in 2010 and the Riyadh Declaration signed on 28 February, 2010 elevated the bilateral engagement to 'Strategic Partnership' covering security, economic, defence and political areas.
  3. During the visit, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will call on Hon'ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and meet Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He will hold bilateral talks with Hon'ble Vice President Shri M.Hamid Ansari.
  4. India and Saudi Arabia share friendly relations based on close people-to-people contacts. In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade and infrastructure development projects.
  5. Saudi Arabia has become our 4th largest partner with bilateral trade in excess of US$ 43 billion in 2012-13. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about one-fifth of our total imports in 2012-13.
  6. Indians form the largest expatriate community in Saudi Arabia and their positive contribution in the progress and development of their host country is well recognized. There are over 2.88 million Indian nationals presently working in Saudi Arabia.
New Delhi
February 21, 2014

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