Prince Charles accorded a warm welcome

Updated 22 March 2013

Prince Charles accorded a warm welcome

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, hosted a state dinner in honor of Prince Charles and his accompanying delegation, here last night.
Several members of the royal family, high-ranking Saudi officials, senior British officials and diplomats attended the high-profile dinner reception for the Prince of Wales.
“Prince Charles, who arrived here with his wife Camilla on board a private jet with a mission to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with the key partner (Saudi Arabia) in the region, will attend a national dialogue at King Abdul Aziz Public Library here today,” said a spokesman of the British Embassy. He will also visit the Shoura Council, where he will meet with senior officials including the newly appointed women members of the council.
The visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall signifies the existing robust and deep bonds between the Kingdom and Britain, which serve as a great contributor to the bilateral and regional cooperation, said a statement released on the occasion.
“The visit also signifies the relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendship that exists between the Prince of Wales and members of the Saudi royal family,” said the statement.
Prince Charles’ trip to the Kingdom includes discussions on issues such as “military cooperation between the Kingdom and the UK, opportunities for women in Saudi society, education, faith and commercial partnerships.”
The British Embassy’s spokesman said that the Prince of Wales will be received by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of state, Cabinet member and commander of the National Guard, before heading for national dialogue.
He pointed out the British royal couple will also stop in Jeddah, where they will visit the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Sunday.
He said Camila will visit Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh today and accompany Prince Charles during his visit to the Shoura Council.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.