Modi to visit Saudi Arabia on King Salman's invitation

Published: March 29, 2016


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.

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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.”

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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.

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  • abreez
    Mar 29, 2016 - 4:04PM

    A lesson for Pakistan that it should build its relations with everyone, with Iran, with Iraq, with Kurds and with Syria.

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  • liberal
    Mar 29, 2016 - 4:13PM

    Pak has a lot to learn from India’s diplomacy. It has good relations with Iran, Israel and Saudi all at the same time.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Mar 29, 2016 - 5:05PM

    Next Modi will be given free land to make a temple for Hindus. Idles will return to Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Mar 29, 2016 - 6:48PM

    Pakistanis have to rid themselves of Islamic fundamentalist mindset. Then may be other people may start liking them. Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 29, 2016 - 6:57PM

    Everyone wants to partner with India…the next global super powerRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 29, 2016 - 8:39PM

    It certainly helps if your country has a diversified economy with a variety of goods and services to offer, like in India’s case. Thus their diplomacy, to a major extent, is an extension of their economic vibrancy and their economic vibrancy is buoyed by astute doplomacy–virtuous cycle.Recommend

  • Frank
    Mar 29, 2016 - 8:48PM

    Thanks Nawaz sharif and Imran Khan for ruining Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia and pushing it into India’s arms. ‘neutral’ indeed!Recommend

  • Observer
    Mar 30, 2016 - 4:23AM

    India can extend relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran because Arab-countries do not view it as a Muslim-majority unlike Pakistan.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 30, 2016 - 5:03AM

    Don’t worry, Pakistanis are the ‘first’ amongst Muslims and will of course flaunt that ! No ‘IDOLS’ for us !!Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Mar 30, 2016 - 7:35AM

    People like you can never grow beyond Temple, Mosque, Church or Synagogue. All these places should be left to the individuals. Real world is far more competitive than these rhetoric.
    If you want to be competitive and relevant you need to rise above these irrelevant thinking.. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Mar 30, 2016 - 8:16AM

    To confuse business relations and falsely believe that religious affiliation will lead any country to lend support, is day dreaming. Never happened before, will never happen in future. India remains the largest supplier of manpower to Saudi Arabia and likely to remain a vital customer for its Oil. Saudi Arabia also knows that India has the largest Muslim minority in the world, whose interests it would not want to hurt or alienate in any way. No sensible country will ever want to lose the friendship and support of 1.25 Billion people in a fractious world. By handing over the odd Indian terrorist that tried to hide there on some other foreign passport, Saudi Arabia has sent a signal of strong support to Indian concerns.
    Secondly, India remains the only country that Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran will trust to act as a bridge and narrow differences — the other countries carrying too much baggage and agenda, also lacking knowledge of the Muslim psyche. While publicly India will refuse to play any such role, behind the curtains what it speaks will be heard and valued. Respect is always earned and commanded, it can never be demanded.Recommend

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