On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed-bin-Salman and focused on deepening strategic ties. Both the leaders discussed to enhance cooperation in investment and trade, energy security, and counter-terrorism with the “invaluable strategic partner” in Japan’s Osaka.
The Indian Prime Minister went to Japan to attend the G20 Summit, held a meeting with Prince Salma on the sidelines of the summit after the informal meeting of BRICS leaders.
Saudi Arabia is the country’s top supplier of crude oil but both the nations have expanded their relationship beyond energy, and both agreed to develop a strategic partnership.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweets, “An invaluable strategic partner. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on the margins of the #G20. Discussed deepening cooperation in trade & investment, energy security, counter-terrorism, among other areas.”
Saudi Crown Prince is also the nation’s Defence Minister, has visited India in February on his first official visit to the nation.
During the visit, India has raised the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and discuss to deepen cooperation to counter-terrirsm.
During a joint statement in February, Prince Salman and PM Modi has condemned “in the strongest terms” in Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives, accused a suicide bomber of Pak-based JeM terror outfit.