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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince on state visit to India next week

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Saudi Arabia's Crown Mohammed bin will be on a two-day state visit next week when he will hold talks with on a range of issues including energy security, trade and investment and defence.

Beginning February 19, it will be first state visit of Salman, who is also the Vice of the Minister, to

He will hold bilateral talks with Modi on wide range of issues of mutual interest.

A statement said that there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade and investment, infrastructure, defence and security.

Modi had visited in April 2016 during which the two agreed to further elevate the existing strategic partnership.

Salman will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi

is India's fourth largest trading partner with bilateral trade reaching $23.24 billion in April-November 2018. It supplies about 20 per cent of crude requirements to

Recently, Saudi ARAMCO, in partnership with of the UAE, has entered into a Joint Venture for $44 billion and Petro-Chemical

The release said that nearly 2.7 million strong Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in

"Their positive and highly-appreciated contribution to the development of their host country has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.

Over 1,75,000 Indians visit Saudi Arabia every year for Haj pilgrimage.

During his visit, the Saudi Prince will also call on



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 22:44 IST