Modi visits “The Land of the Two Holy Mosques”


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talks with his counter part, the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz on topics of trade, counter -terrorism and investment in order to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

The three day visit to the Muslim country proved fruitful to the Indian head as the two parts decided to exchange intelligence on global issues related to money laundering, related crimes and terrorism financing.

India and Saudi Arabia will also work hand in hand with each other on counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing, cyber security (including prevention of use of cyber space for terrorism, radicalization and for disturbing social harmony).

“Minister Al Falih to PM: Saudi Aramco looks to India as its No.1 target for investment,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. “I am meeting those IT professionals who I can say today represent the glory of Saudi Arabia ,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the in his brief address after which he posed for photographs, many of them selfies, with the women IT professionals.

“In human resources, women play a very important role…Building the capacity of women would lead to the development of any country,” PM Modi said. “This atmosphere I am witnessing here today has the potential to give a strong reply to the world,” he also added.

“India’s agriculture sector, manufacturing sector, services sector – India is progressing very strongly on all three fronts,” Mr Modi said during the discussion.

An Indian Prime Minister is visiting the oil-affluent Gulf country after nearly six years. In 2010, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Saudi Arabia.

Mr Modi was received at the King Khalid International Airport yesterday by Governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Al Saud. “Salaam Riyadh. PM @narendramodi arrives in Saudi Arabia to a ceremonial welcome, received by the Governor of Riyadh,” Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.