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PM Modi to deliver keynote address on 'What's next for India?' at Future Investment Initiative

The 3-day visit that starts Tuesday will have a special focus on trade and finance. PM Modi will host industry leaders and financiers who would discuss global trade and explore the trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the global investment landscape over the coming decades.

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Riyadh Updated on: October 29, 2019 11:22 IST
PM Modi arrives in Saudi Arabia; to hold bilateral talks
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PM Modi arrives in Saudi Arabia; to hold bilateral talks with King, Crown Prince

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia late Monday night on a two-day visit. PM Modi will be attending Saudi Arabia's high-profile annual financial conference and hold bilateral talks with the top leadership of the Gulf Kingdom.

Soon after landing in Riyad, PM Modi tweeted: Landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marking the start of an important visit aimed at strengthening ties with a valued friend. Will be taking part in a wide range of programmes during this visit.

PM Modi will be the keynote speaker at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) which is dubbed as 'Davos in the Desert' and will be delivering the speech under the title 'What's next for India?'.

Besides addressing the forum, Modi will hold bilateral talks with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Several agreements in key sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy and civil aviation are expected to be signed by both the sides.

The 3-day visit that starts Tuesday will have a special focus on trade and finance. PM Modi will host industry leaders and financiers who would discuss global trade and explore the trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the global investment landscape over the coming decades. 

"India and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed traditionally close and friendly relations. Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India's energy needs," Modi said in his departure statement in New Delhi.

He noted that defence, security, trade, culture, education and people-to-people contacts are the other important areas of bilateral cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

The two sides would also sign an agreement to establish a Strategic Partnership Council to coordinate on key issues. The council will be headed by Prime Minister Modi and the crown prince and it will meet every two years.

"The Agreement for establishment of the Strategic Partnership Council will further elevate the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership to a new level," the prime minister said in his statement.

This would be Prime Minister Modi's second visit to the Gulf Kingdom. During his first visit in 2016, King Salman conferred Saudi's highest civilian award on him. The Crown Prince visited India in February 2019, giving a further fillip to the bilateral ties.

India's relations with Saudi Arabia have been on an upswing over the last few years. India's bilateral trade with Saudi Arabia was at USD 27.48 billion in 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia its fourth-largest trading partner.

Saudi Arabia last month said that it was looking at investing USD 100 billion in India in areas of energy, refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, agriculture, minerals and mining.

At the FII forum, Prime Minister Modi will speak on India's economy, its challenges and opportunities for equitable growth and prosperity.

"I will speak about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024," Modi said.

The high-profile forum faced widespread boycott in 2018 in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Kingdom''s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey by Saudi security agents.

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