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Official visit of Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia to India (March 07-08, 2016)

March 07, 2016

At the invitation of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj, H.E. Mr. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is paying his first official visit to New Delhi on 7-8 March, 2016.

During the visit, the two ministers will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Previously, they met on the sidelines of the First India Arab League Ministerial meeting in Manama, Bahrain on 24 January 2016.

India and Saudi Arabia share friendly relations based on close people-to-people contacts. The 'Strategic Partnership' that our two countries established in 2010 envisioned a deeper engagement in political, economic, security and defence areas through the Riyadh Declaration. 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.

Saudi Arabia has become our fourth largest partner with bilateral trade reaching US$ 40 billion in 2014-15. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about one-fifth of our total imports.

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 2.96 million Indian nationals presently working in Saudi Arabia.

New Delhi
March 07, 2016

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