On Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind has hosted a banquet for the Gulf nation’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where he has expressed that India wishes to be a partner in Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030.”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was on his first state visit to India. President Kovind welcomed him and said India cherishes its cordial and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia and considers the Gulf region as its extended neighborhood.
President Kovind, from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said in a statement that the relation between India and Saudi Arabia demands sustained strategic engagement and frequent conversation between two sides at all levels.
It was also stated by the President that there is a visible improvement of trade of bilateral countries over the past few years. Saudi Arabia has always been the most important source of the energy of India he added.
The president said, “We need to take the current buyer-seller relationship to a strategic level,” and added that India wishes to be a partner in Saudi Arabia’s ”Vision 2030”.
While his banquet speech President Kovind quoted, “We look at Saudi Arabia as a factor of stability in the region and beyond. India wishes to be a strong and reliable partner for the kingdom’s growth and progress. Indian companies have invested and created jobs in Saudi Arabia, especially in the technology sector, which is India’s strength.”
He has condemned terrorism which is the biggest challenge to India nowadays and proposed Saudi Arabia and the global community to work together to destroy these evil forces and fight against radicalization.

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