The first state visit by Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman to India on 19-20 comes with a promise of new investment, but despite growing bilateral ties, India remains “hyphenated” with Pakistan. Announcing the visit, MEA spokesperson said the crown prince will be accompanied by a large business and senior ministerial delegation.”
The crown prince is expected to hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will call on the President Ram Nath Kovind. India’s ties with Saudi Arabia have undergone a sea change since former King Abdullah visited here as chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in 2006.
After Iran went under US sanctions in 2011 and in 2018, Saudi Arabia has increased its supply of crude to India, supplying 20 per cent of India’s crude oil demand. Read More
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