Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held the first Leaders’ Meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council in Delhi on Monday.
The two leaders discussed various areas of bilateral cooperation, including energy security, trade and investment, defence and security, healthcare, food security, among others, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi wrote on X.
PM @narendramodi and Crown Prince & PM of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman held the first Leaders’ Meeting of the 🇮🇳-🇸🇦 Strategic Partnership Council.
Agenda included a broad range of areas of bilateral cooperation including energy security, trade and… pic.twitter.com/lGjBHs2vD4
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 11, 2023
Following protracted deliberations, a number of significant accords, including those on agriculture and energy, are anticipated to be signed.
The Saudi Crown Prince is on a second state visit to India since February 2019. He arrived in Delhi on September 8 for the G20 Summit. However, he extended his stay for the bilateral talks with PM Modi.
Since February 2019, the Saudi Crown Prince has visited India on two separate occasions. For the G20 Summit, he arrived in Delhi on September 8. He did, however, prolong his stay to allow for the private discussions with PM Modi.
This morning, he arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and was accorded a ceremonial welcome, as per the tradition when any foreign leader visits the presidential complex. He was welcomed by President Droupadi Murmu, PM Modi and other ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In his remarks, the Saudi Crown Prince congratulated India for successfully hosting the G20 Summit.
“I am very glad to be here in India. A lot of announcements have been made that will benefit G20 countries and the world. We will work together to create a great future for both countries,” he said.