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Modi meets Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of G20 meet in Argentina

The two leaders discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties

Modi meeting Mohammed bin Salman

[Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Photo: Tweeted by @Narendramodi)]

Buenos Aires (Argentina): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires Thursday and they discussed ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties.

The two sides also held discussions on enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food security.

“Had a fruitful interaction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. We discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.

Throwing more light on the meeting between the two leaders, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum and other key sectors were the key agenda.

“Deepening strategic ties. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on sidelines of #G20Argentina. Discussed enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia and India have a long history of strong ties. Saudi Arabia was among the first few Muslim states Modi had visited after becoming Prime Minister.

He was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash, on the second and final day of his visit to the Kingdom in April 2016.

“In recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner. The relationship has expanded beyond the Indian community to issues related to the economy, energy and security. All issues of bilateral and regional interest will be discussed,” news agency PTI quoted PMO sources as saying.

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