Saudi-India ties bolstered with Al-Jubeir’s visit

Updated 09 March 2016

Saudi-India ties bolstered with Al-Jubeir’s visit

RIYADH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, and reviewed political, economic and security relations ahead of Modi’s visit to Riyadh next month.
“Both leaders exchanged views on further strengthening bilateral ties including in the fields of trade, investment, energy and security cooperation,” said Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi.
“They also discussed the regional situation and agreed that the two countries have a shared interest in peace and stability in the region,” the PMO added in a remark issued after the meeting.
Modi said during the meeting that India attaches high importance to its close and friendly relations with the Kingdom, and expressed confidence that his visit to Riyadh will provide an opportunity to further enhance the strategic partnership.
Al-Jubeir said that relations with India are accorded a high priority in the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia.
He appreciated the constructive role being played by the rich Indian diaspora toward the overall development of the Kingdom.
Al-Jubeir reached New Delhi on Monday for a two-day visit as part of the preparations for Modi’s visit to the Kingdom on April 2.
“Al-Jubeir was on his first official visit to New Delhi, at the invitation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations, besides regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the Indian Embassy said.
Later on Tuesday, Al-Jubeir met with Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed in Dhaka.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

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