Space Diplomacy: Saudi Space Delegation visits India’s Space Research Organisation

New Delhi — Saudi Arabia and India have started strengthening relations in the space sciences. A senior delegation from the Saudi Space Commission, visited India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) earlier this month, to have talks about the space collaboration.

The delegation led by Space Commission’s CEO Dr. Mohammed Saud Al-Tamimi, visited India between March 6-10, and held extensive discussions with a number of Indian organizations, including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Indian space-related business entities including New Space India Limited and Centum Electronics.

Dr. Al-Tamimi met with S. Somanath, Chairman of ISRO, during the trip, and he also paid visits to the U R Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Saudi delegation also visited the National Remote Sensing Centre, and the Indian Institute of Space Sciences and Technologies.

India and Saudi Arabia have a significant amount of space cooperation, and it is anticipated that this visit will improve their relationship in this sector.

Dr. Al-Tamimi received an invitation from ISRO Chairman to attend the G20 Space Economy Leaders Conference in Bengaluru in July 2023. Also, Dr. Al-Tamimi extended an invitation to the Chairman to attend the Space Economy Forum scheduled for Saudi Arabia at the end of this year.

The visit is viewed as a move in the right direction for advancing the two nations’ relationship in the space industry.