Saudi Crown Prince Affirms: ‘Indian Community in Saudi Arabia is Part of Us’


Modi also expressed gratitude to Crown Prince Mohammed for his efforts in improving the welfare of the Indian expatriate community residing in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Monday has reiterated the importance of the Indian community residing in Saudi Arabia, affirming that they are an integral part of the Kingdom.

With approximately 7 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population hailing from India, this declaration underscores the significance of the Indian diaspora in the Kingdom. The Crown Prince stated, “The Indian community in Saudi Arabia is part of us, and we take care of them as we take care of our citizens”.

In his opening remarks of Saudi-India Strategic Partnership Council Meeting, the Crown Prince commended the leaders for the successful management of the recent G20 Summit and the initiatives achieved, particularly the ambitious India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEE) project that aims to connect the Middle East, India, and Europe.

He stressed the need for sustained collaborative efforts to transform this vision into a reality, stating, “We need to work diligently to make it a reality”.

The Crown Prince underscored the historic spirit of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and India, highlighting the absence of any historical disagreements. Instead, he emphasized the joint commitment to building a prosperous future for both nations.

Prince Mohammed expressed optimism about the extensive agenda being pursued through the council, emphasizing the promising opportunities on the horizon.

During the first Leaders’ Meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council, Crown Prince Mohammed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in extensive discussions covering a broad spectrum of bilateral cooperation areas.

These included energy security, trade and investment, defense and security, healthcare, food security, culture, and community welfare. Prime Minister Modi described Saudi Arabia as one of India’s most crucial strategic partners and anticipated that their talks would further enhance the strong ties between the two nations.

Modi also expressed gratitude to Crown Prince Mohammed for his efforts in improving the welfare of the Indian expatriate community residing in Saudi Arabia.

Following the meeting, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Modi formally signed the minutes of the first meeting, reinforcing their shared commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and advancing cooperation.

In addition to the leaders’ discussions and agreements, more than two dozen Memoranda of Understanding were signed between Indian and Saudi Arabian companies, spanning various sectors such as information technology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and human resources.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit was accompanied by a high-level delegation, comprising ministers and senior officials, further underscoring the importance of strengthening the enduring partnership between Saudi Arabia and India.

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