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India – Saudi Arabia Bilateral Meeting

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister’s Visit:

The Indian External Affairs Minister met the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

About the Meeting:

  • Cooperation in Multilateral Forums: Discussed bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums such as the United Nations, G-20 and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  • India is not a member of GCC.
  • Implementation of the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement (signed in 2019):
    • India-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council was formed to coordinate on strategically important issues.
    • The council will be headed by the Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mo hammed and will meet every two years.
    • India is the fourth country with which Saudi Arabia has formed such a strategic partnership, after the UK, France and China.
    • Saudi Arabia has been a strategic partner of India since the signing of the Riyadh Declaration in 2010.
    • Focus on the Developments in Afghanistan and Other Regional Issues: Saudi Arabia, along with Pakistan and the UAE, were the key backers of the Taliban regime that ruled Kabul from 1996 till 2001 when they were ousted by US-led international troops.
  • Strengthening Partnership: Discussed further steps to strengthen their partnership in trade, investment, energy, defence, security, culture, consular issues, health care, and human resources.