Saudi Crown Prince MBS visits India for G20 and a state visit.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is set to embark on a state visit to India, coinciding with his participation in the G20 Leaders’ Summit hosted in New Delhi. Commonly known as MBS, the crown prince previously visited India in 2019 as part of a state visit.

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Accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers and senior officials, this visit follows the successful trip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in October 2019, during which the two nations established the Strategic Partnership Council, as stated in a press release by the Ministry of External Affairs.

During his visit, MBS is expected to meet with the President of India and engage in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Their discussions will encompass various aspects of bilateral relations, including political, security, defense, trade, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties. They will also address regional and international matters of mutual interest, particularly reviewing the progress made under the two Ministerial Committees of the Strategic Partnership Council: the Committee on Political, Security, Social, and Cultural Cooperation and the Committee on Economy and Investments Cooperation.

Bilateral trade between the two nations reached $52.75 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, with energy sales constituting a significant portion of this trade. India stands as Saudi Arabia’s second-largest trading partner.

The relationship extends to the energy sector, and there is a vibrant Indian community of approximately 2.4 million residing in Saudi Arabia, actively contributing to the host country’s development and strengthening the multifaceted ties between the two nations. Additionally, Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role in facilitating the Hajj pilgrimage for over 175,000 Indians annually, underscoring the depth of their bilateral cooperation, as noted by the Ministry of External Affairs.

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