G20 Summit that is being held in Japan is back in the news after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks over bilateral ties. The two leaders discussed enhancing the cooperation in trade and investment, energy security, and counter-terrorism.
Osaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman on Friday in Japan’s Osaka. The two leaders discussed enhancing the cooperation in trade and investment, energy security, and counter-terrorism in Osaka.
PM Modi, who is in Japan for the G20 Summit, had a meeting with the Saudi Prince on the margins of the summit after the informal BRICS leaders' meeting.
Saudi Arabia is India's top supplier of crude oil, but the two countries have expanded their relationship beyond energy, and the two governments have agreed to build a strategic partnership.
"An invaluable strategic partner. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on the margins of the #G20. Discussed deepening cooperation in trade & investment, energy security, counter terrorism, among other areas," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
Saudi Prince Salman, who is also the Gulf nation's defence minister, visited India in February on his first official visit to the country. During his visit, India strongly raised the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and discussed deepening cooperation in counter-terrorism.
PM Modi and Saudi Prince Salman, in a joint statement in February, condemned "in the strongest terms" the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group.
PM Modi also held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump and discussed global issues including Iran, 5G communications networks, trade and defence.
This is the sixth time that PM Modi is attending the G-20 Summit.
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