Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday that he will visit Saudi Arabia next month on the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
“On April 2 and April 3, at the invitation of HM King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, I will be visiting Saudi Arabia,” Modi said on his official Facebook page.
The Indian premier said he plans to work with the Saudi leadership to expand and deepen bilateral relations. “ndia’s ties with Saudi Arabia are special. Robust people-to-people ties constitute a key component of our engagement,” he said.
“Our economic ties are also expanding. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trading partner, and is also India’s largest crude oil supplier,” he added.
Modi also stressed that prominent Saudi businessmen should partner with India’s development priorities. “That would be one of the key objectives of the business event planned in Riyadh.”
Modi further said that in addition to meeting with the Saudi king, he also looks forward to discussions with other important members of the Royal family.
The visit comes eight months after Modi visited the United Arab Emirates. In August last year, Modi visited UAE more than 34 years after then prime minister Indira Gandhi visited the UAE in May 1981.