The Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman will be visiting India for a two-day trip with agendas including defence, trade and energy at the centre stage.
While the security and amenities are beefing up for the welcome of Saudi ruler King Salman’s son Mohammed bin Salman in India next week, Indian officials are getting ready for the maiden trip, especially just days away from Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s short visit to India. The Arab prince will arrive to India on February 19, along with high-level delegation comprising ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen for a two-day trip.
During his stay, Prince Mohammed will be holding high-level meetings with Indian PM Narendra Modi to address wide range of issues including trade, defence and security. India and Saudi Arabia are also expected to discuss on strengthening bilateral cooperation for mutual interests such as energy security, trade and investment, infrastructure, etc. during the prince’s meetings scheduled with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
The visit of the Arab monarch is seen as a positive sign on the Indian continent in terms of even stronger relations. This is expected to boost the bilateral trade, which was around $27.48 billion in 2017-18, making Saudi to be India’s fourth largest trade partner. On the other hand, India leverages a massive the fuel and energy sector income for Saudi Arabia to fulfil 20 percent of its total crude requirement.