Saudi National Day Celebrated in New Delhi

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Saudi Ambassador Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati and India's junior Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh, who was the chief guest at Saudi National Day celebration in New Delhi on Monday. (AN photo)
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Saudi embassy building in New Delhi illuminated to celebrate Saudi National Day. (AN photo)
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Saudi embassy building in New Delhi illuminated to celebrate Saudi National Day. (AN photo)
Updated 24 September 2019

Saudi National Day Celebrated in New Delhi

  • People from all walks of life and leaders from different political parties attended the ceremony

NEW DELHI: The Saudi Embassy in New Delhi celebrated the Kingdom’s National Day on Monday with pomp and fanfare. The ceremony was held in the new embassy building, which was inaugurated in February this year during the visit of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

“The building symbolizes not only Saudi architecture but also the deepening ties between Saudi Arabia and India,” said Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Sati, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to India.

People from all walks of life and leaders from different political parties attended the ceremony. Among the important guests at the ceremony were Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Advisor, and former foreign minister Salman Khusheed of the opposition Congress party.

A Saudi business delegation visiting India was also present at the event, along with its Indian counterparts.

The main guest at the event was India’s junior minister for power Raj Kumar Singh.

In his inaugural speech the Saudi ambassador narrated the Kingdom’s journey from 1932 to date and how it is modernizing all walks of life in line with Vision 2030.

Calling the National Day as an important landmark in the history of modern Saudi Arabia, Sati said: “Today Saudi Arabia is playing a leading role at both global and regional levels, as a global economic power and as an anchor of peace in the region.”

He said: “We are transforming our economy, governance and society. Economic and social reforms are beginning to bear fruits and the Kingdom is emerging as one of the attractive economic destinations in the world. Our efforts to diversify the economy are also yielding results.”

“Saudi women are now more empowered and are playing many roles in public and private sectors,” said the Saudi ambassador.

He said that the country will continue “to march ahead in the area of economic development and modernization and continue to play a leading role in regional and global politics.”

He underlined the deepening ties with India and called the visit of Mohammed bin Salman to India early this year “a historic milestone.”

He emphasized that Saudi’s current economic investment of $34 billion will continue to grow in time to come.”

Finally, he talked about the strong cultural ties between New Delhi and Riyadh.

Minister Singh also dwelt on the relationship between the two nations and said that the ties between the countries are “historical and derive their sustenance from people to people contact”. He called the relationship “vibrant and forward looking” and termed the visit of crown prince in February this year as “landmark that further cemented the ties between India and Saudi Arabia”.

Singh condemned the drone attacks on Saudi’s oil installation and facilities and said: “India is opposed to terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.”

He appreciated the kingdom’s promise to make a $100 million investment in India.


Morocco, Spain to hold talks about overlapping territorial waters

Updated 25 January 2020

Morocco, Spain to hold talks about overlapping territorial waters

  • The territorial waters Morocco has claimed include the coast off Western Sahar
  • The territory has been contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front since the Spanish colonial period ended in 1975

RABAT: The Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers said on Friday their countries would hold talks about overlapping areas of ocean that they both claim rights to in the North Atlantic.
The territorial waters Morocco has claimed include the coast off Western Sahara, a territory that has been contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front since the Spanish colonial period ended in 1975.
Morocco’s parliament passed two bills this week to give domestic legal cover to a coastal area the North African country already controls, causing concern in Spain’s Canary Islands, where the government warned of overlaps with Spanish territorial waters.
Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita said that defining territorial waters was a “sovereign right” and that his country aimed to upgrade domestic law in compliance with the UN law of the sea convention.
“In case of overlaps, international law requires states to negotiate,” said Bourita following talks with his Spanish peer, Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
“Morocco rejects unilateral acts and fait accompli,” he said, adding that Spain was a “strategic partner” and Morocco’s largest trading partner.
Gonzalez Laya said Morocco’s willingness to negotiate “reassures the Canary Islands.”
“Morocco is a source of stability for Spain,” she said, citing “close cooperation” in the fight against jihadists and illegal migration.