Saudi Crown Prince for strong ties with India

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud with President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who is on India visit, has hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries and lauded the role of Indians in building the Saudi Kingdom.

Speaking after the ceremonial reception at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, MBS said, “Relationship between India and Arabian Peninsula, which Saudi Arabia represent, about 80 per cent, goes back to thousands of year of history. Even before the history was written the relationship between India and the Arabian Peninsula has been in our DNA.”

Highlighting the role of the Indian diaspora in building the country, the Saudi Crown Prince said, “Since we remember ourselves, Indian people are friends and part of building Saudi Arabia in the past 70 years. A lot of Saudis work and develop a lot of things in India for hundreds of years.”

Saudi Crown Prince was earlier accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will be meeting Modi at Hyderabad House for bilateral talks.

Both sides are expected to sign Five MoUs/ Agreements in areas of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also famously known by his initials MBS, arrived in India on Tuesday evening and was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who broke the protocol to receive him.