Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Monday, focusing on strengthening bilateral commercial and defense ties. Following the conclusion of the G20 Summit, Bin Salman is on a State visit to India. The Crown Prince was given a ceremonial greeting at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s forecourt before to the talks.
“I am very glad to be here in India. I want to congratulate India for the G20 Summit,” Bin Salman told reporters after the ceremonial welcome. The Saudi leader stated that the summit announcements will benefit everyone on the globe. “We will work together to create a great future for both the countries,” he said.
Saudi Arabia is one of India’s most important Middle-East strategic partners. Overall, bilateral relations between the two countries have improved significantly in recent years. The two sides have also been working to strengthen their defense and security cooperation.
In December 2020, then-Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane visited Saudi Arabia for the first time as the leader of the 1.3 million-strong Army. Since then, both sides have exchanged high-level military officers.