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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs meets Modi, Swaraj

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Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today when the two sides agreed they should work together for irreversible, verifiable and credible steps against all terrorists without any discrimination.
 
Al Jubeir's visit was a follow-up of the visit to Delhi last month by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud last month.
 
The Saudi Minister conveyed the greetings of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Prime Minister. 
 
The Prime Minister warmly reciprocated the wishes. He thanked the leadership of Saudi Arabia for expressing full solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. 
 
Al Jubeir briefed the Prime Minister on the follow up of the outcomes of the visit of Prince Mohammed in February 2019. Both the countries have taken significant steps including to boost trade and investment and to achieve $ 100 billion investment from Saudi Arabia into India, which was announced during the visit of the Crown Prince.
 
Later, Minister Al Jubeir met and held discussions with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. They took note of significant developments after the visit of Prince Mohammed to India. 
 
Swaraj reiterated that an immediate irreversible and verifiable action to dismantle terror infrastructure is essential to fight the menace of terror. 
 
It was agreed to set up the Strategic Partnership Council at the earliest. The gesture from Saudi side to increase the Hajj Quota to 2,00,000 and grant royal pardon to 850 Indian prisoners was highly appreciated.
 
"India and Saudi Arabia enjoy warm, close and multifaceted relations underpinned by historic, cultural, religious and economic linkages which stand elevated to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trading partner and second largest supplier of our crude oil needs," a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs addded.
 
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