External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on May 25-26, 2013 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
It will be Shri Khurshid ‘s first bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia and to the region as External Affairs Minister of India. He will hold discussions with his Saudi counterpart on bilateral, regional and international issues. He is also expected to call on the leadership of Saudi Arabia and will carry a personal letter from the Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques H.R.H King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Saudi Arabia is one of India’s most valued partners. The path braking visit of King Abdullah to India in January 2006 and the landmark visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia in February 2010 transformed our relationship with Saudi Arabia. The “Delhi Declaration” issued during the visit of King Abdullah to India of January 2006 provided a roadmap for deepening bilateral political and economic engagement and the “Riyadh Declaration” issued during the visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in February 2010 elevated the India-Saudi Arabia bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership.
May 23, 2013