G20 Summit 2019: PM Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince, talks trade, energy and security
PM Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a bilateral meeting at G20 Summit 2019. This meeting of both leaders was important because Saudi Arabia is India's top supplier of crude oil but the two countries have expanded their relationship beyond this.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 28, 2019 held bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. Both leaders discussed deepening cooperation in trade and investment, energy security and counter-terrorism. PM Modi says Saudi Arabia an "invaluable strategic partner" and discussed various issues on trade and security.
PM Modi's Tweet
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter after meeting Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. PM Modi said in this tweet "Met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We reviewed the full range of relations between India and Saudi Arabia. Our talks today will add great strength to bilateral ties between our nations." Also, Saudi Crown Prince Invited PM Modi to be the main guest at an international program later this year. PM accepted the invitation.
Saudi Arabia is India's top supplier of crude oil but the two countries have expanded their relationship beyond energy, and their governments have agreed to build a strategic partnership. Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar Tweeted, “An invaluable strategic partner. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on the margins of the #G20. Discussed deepening cooperation in trade & investment, energy security, counter terrorism, among other areas.”
The meeting with Mohammed bin Salman assumes special significance as they have earlier in the past discussed the need to co-operate in cracking down on terror. Salman had also pledged an investment of $100 billion in his February visit to India. The investment was to be done in various sectors including energy, infrastructure, and agriculture. The Middle Eastern nation had also ordered the release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in its jails.
The present bilateral talks, therefore, hold a special significance in the view of earlier talks regarding, trade, counter-terrorism, energy security, and infrastructure.