Saudi Crown Prince Gets Ceremonial Reception In New Delhi
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman was accorded a ceremonial reception followed by a guard of honour by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan after his arrival in India on Tuesday. The Crown Prince, popularly known as MBS, is on his first state visit to India.
After visiting Pakistan, the Crown Prince had flown from Islamabad to Riyadh before departing for New Delhi. The prince was on a two-day stay in Pakistan amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Pulwama attack in Kashmir.
After the ceremonial welcome where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present, the Saudi royal told the media: “Today we want to be sure that this relation is maintained and improved for the sake of both countries.
“With the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India,” added Prince Salman.
He also said that the ties between India and the Arabian Peninsula “is in our DNA”.
Prince Mohammad Bin Salman also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. According to the foreign ministry spokesperson, the leaders discussed “adding momentum to strategic dimension of in various fields like trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation”.
Vibrant & forward-looking ties
EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on HRH Crown Prince of #SaudiArabia Mohammed Bin Salman. Discussed adding momentum to strategic dimension of our relationship in various fields – from trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation. pic.twitter.com/VYqNW9lMp5
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 20, 2019
The Crown Prince is slated to hold a bilateral meeting with PM Modi later in the day.