India: EAM Jaishankar to review bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia during 3-day visit – News


The two sides will also discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern, including their cooperation at the UN, G20 and GCC.



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Published: Fri, Sep 9, 2022, 6:47 PM

Last update: Fri, Sep 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will pay a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia from Saturday to discuss ways to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

During the visit, Jaishankar will co-chair – together with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud – the first ministerial meeting of the Political, Security, Social and Cultural Cooperation (PSSC) Committee, established under the India-Council of Saudi Arabia’s strategic partnership.

The two ministers will undertake a comprehensive review of the entire bilateral relationship and discuss progress made under the PSSC Committee’s four joint working groups – political and consular; Legal & Security; Social and cultural; and Joint Defense Cooperation Committee.

Meetings of these joint working groups and senior officials have taken place over the past few months, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

He added that the two sides will also discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest, including their cooperation at the UN, G20 and GCC.

Jaishankar will also meet with other Saudi dignitaries as well as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf.

The two sides will review bilateral relations and discuss ways to strengthen them.

Jaishankar, who is on his first visit to Saudi Arabia as external affairs minister, will also interact with the Indian community there.

The ministry noted that relations between India and Saudi Arabia have grown significantly over the past few years, in areas such as politics, security, energy, trade, investment, health, food security, culture and defence.

Senior leaders of the two countries have remained in close contact even during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the MEA statement.

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