Posted On 2021-09-20
India's PM Narendra Modi met in New Delhi on 20th September 2021 with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The meeting reviewed progress on various ongoing bilateral initiatives, including those taken under the aegis of the Strategic Partnership Council established between both countries. Prime Minister expressed India's keenness to see greater investment from Saudi Arabia, including in key sectors like energy, IT and defense manufacturing.
During the meeting, both have discussed the exchange of perspectives on regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan. Prime Minister conveyed his special thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for looking after the welfare of the Indian diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The timing of the meeting is important as both the countries have their regional concern after the withdrawal of US forces and forming the Taliban government in Afghanistan.
Further, direct scheduled flights are suspended between the countries since the first wave of COVID-19. India is looking to resume the flights and ease the norms for vaccinated migrant Indian workers.