Crown Prince to Visit India Next Week

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in India on Feb. 19 on his maiden trip to the country, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement today.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen, the Crown Prince will arrive in India on February 19 on his maiden trip to the country, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

During the visit, the Crown Prince will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

The visit by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is also the vice president of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, follows a trip by Prime Minister Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, during which the two sides agreed to further elevate their existing strategic partnership, the MEA said.

“In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade and investment, infrastructure, defence and security,” it said.

The bilateral trade was USD 27.48 billion during the last financial year 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia India’s fourth largest trading partner.

Saudi Arabia contributes significantly to India’s energy security needs by supplying about 20 percent of its crude requirements to the country.