Concluding his three-day visit to India, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhal Al Saud met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The duo discussed bilateral and regional issues, and PM Modi commemorated Saudi Arabia for its Green Saudi Arabia and Green Middle East initiatives.
PM Modi expressed India's keenness to see greater investment from Saudi Arabia, including in key sectors like energy, IT and defence manufacturing.
The meeting also allowed exchange of perspectives on regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Pleased to receive the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. Exchanged views on ongoing bilateral cooperation initiatives and the regional situation. Conveyed my regards to His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince. pic.twitter.com/yCIbQBO2RK— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 20, 2021
Modi also conveyed his special thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for looking after the welfare of the Indian diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Pleased to receive the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. Exchanged views on ongoing bilateral cooperation initiatives and the regional situation. Conveyed my regards to His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince," Modi tweeted.
"I had an excellent visit to the Republic of India and was honored to convey greetings of the Kingdom's leadership to PM @narendramodi. I also held fruitful discussions with Misnister [sic] @DrSJaishankar on bilateral and regional issues. We continue to extend our strategic partnership," Prince Faisal tweeted.
On Sunday, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with Prince Faisal and reviewed the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement signed when Modi visited Saudi Arabia in October 2019.
They expressed satisfaction at the meetings held under the Agreement and progress achieved. Both sides discussed further steps to strengthen their partnership in trade, investment, energy, defence, security, culture, consular issues, health care and human resources, the MEA said in a release.
The external affairs minister said on Twitter that he urged early resumption of direct flights to Saudi Arabia and that it was agreed to work closely on all COVID-related challenges.