PM Modi arrives in Delhi after concluding two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday arrived in Delhi after concluding his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. PM Modi was in Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. 

Before leaving from Riyadh, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said, “Leaving with a marked upswing in bilateral relations. PM @narendramodi departs from Riyadh after steering the India-Saudi relationship on a upward trajectory pointing towards greater collaboration in future.”

PM Modi said he was grateful to the people and government of Saudi Arabia for their excellent hospitality.

“I am extremely grateful to the people and Government of Saudi Arabia for their excellent hospitality. I am honoured to have got an opportunity to address @FIIKSA. Interacting with the top leadership of Saudi Arabia was also very productive,” Modi tweeted.

During the visit, PM Modi held talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Sustaining the momentum of regular high-level contacts PM @narendramodi held fruitful discussions with Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman, a close friend of India, on adding greater dynamism and depth to the bilateral strategic partnership,” Kumar tweeted.

“In a significant upgradation of the strategic partnership, PM @narendramodi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sign the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement,” Kumar added.

A total of 12 agreements and MoUs were signed between the two countries.

On Tuesday, PM Modi also met King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

The two leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations, including MoUs and Agreements signed during his visit to India in February last year. They discussed the Middle East Peace Process and other regional developments. Both leaders also discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism.

“Historical links, cultural affinities and people-to-people contacts between India and Jordan have existed since times immemorial. Prime Minister’s visit to Jordan and King’s visit to India in 2018 have imparted a new momentum in our bilateral relations that are marked by mutual respect and understanding on various bilateral, regional and multilateral issues,” MEA said in a statement.