King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz and Indian PM Narendra Modi held talks on Monday and reviewed the close historical bilateral ties between the two friendly countries and peoples and exchanged views on regional and global issues of common concern.
In a joint statement, the two sides agreed on the importance of bilateral engagement to enhance ways to ensure the security and safety of waterways in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf region from threats and risks that may affect the interests of the two countries, including their national security.
The two sides reaffirmed their deep commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership. They expressed their satisfaction with the establishment of the Strategic Partnership Council between the two countries and the signing of the Council’s founding document by the Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman of the Saudi side and the Indian PM of the Indian side and their satisfaction with the exchange of agreements, memoranda of understanding, and cooperation between the government and private authorities in the two countries.
They also expressed their satisfaction with the progress of bilateral relations in the political, economic, security, defense, labor forces, and communication between the two peoples in recent years, which has strengthened the bilateral relations, as well as the high level of consultation and coordination between them in regional and international issues of common concern, as part of their responsibility to promote world peace, stability and security.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met with the Indian PM, where they held a bilateral talks session, during which they praised the course of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and praised the progress made in bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
The two sides discussed regional and international issues of common concern, underscored their firm rejection of all forms of interference in the internal affairs of states and the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities towards preventing any attacks on the sovereignty of states. They also stressed Security Council Resolution 2254 on the situation in Syria.
They also stressed the importance of preserving the unity of Yemen, and achieving security and stability, and the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis on the basis of the Gulf Initiative, the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution 2216.
They also expressed their hope to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in Palestine in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant UN resolutions to guarantee the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and establish an independent state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The two sides stressed that extremism and terrorism are a threat to all peoples and societies, rejected any attempt to link this global phenomenon with a particular race, religion or culture, and expressed their rejection of all terrorist acts, stressing the need to prevent access to weapons, including missiles and drones, to commit acts of terrorism against other countries.
The Indian side condemned terrorist acts against civilian installations in Saudi Arabia and called for closer cooperation with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center and agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorist operations, exchange information, build capacity and strengthen cooperation in combating transnational crimes within the framework of existing bilateral security cooperation.
The two sides noted the positive continuous economic transformation in both countries, stressing the importance of expanding trade and investment ties in order to push forward strategic cooperation, expressing their happiness for the positive trend in bilateral trade over recent years, and reaffirming the further deepening of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries under the vision 2030, the two sides urged the business community of the two countries to take advantage of investment opportunities in both countries, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, mining, energy including renewable energy sources, agriculture, technology transfer, and human resources areas skilled in information technology, electronics and communications.
During the visit, a number of MoUs were signed in several areas including energy, civil aviation, medical product regulation, security cooperation and defense and the launch of the RUPAY card to enhance cooperation in various sectors.
At the end of the visit, the Indian PM expressed his gratitude to the Saudi Government and people for the hospitality extended to him as well as his accompanying delegation.
He stressed India’s welcome and support to the Kingdom’s forthcoming presidency of the G20 summit in 2020, and that he looks forward to participating in the upcoming summit of leaders of the Group of States to be held in Riyadh, noting the Kingdom’s efforts in the framework of the G20.
King Salman welcomed the invitation of the Indian PM to visit India to complete consultations and discuss issues of bilateral cooperation and regional and international issues of common interest to serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.