India-Saudi Arabia Bilateral Relations. A TALK

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Rahul Bali, Senior Correspondent: New Delhi :Ananta Centre organized a talk with H.E. Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, Ambassador Extraordinary, and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to India.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the Kingdom in 1956, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2010, recently a visit by Narendra Modi to Riyadh in 2016. Similarly, several visits by the dignitaries of the kingdom strengthened the bilateral relations between the two countries. Officials from both the countries signed bilateral agreements on several issues concerning both the countries.

According to Saudi Arabian media reports 20-24 lakh Indian expatriate communities are living in the kingdom. According to a recent household survey by the Kerala Government, there are 4.5 lakh Keralites living in Saudi Arabia.

According to H.E. Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati             employment opportunities are plentiful in the kingdom. Skilled as well unskilled workers are welcome. Remittance from the Kingdom to India is huge and contributing to the Indian economy.

Answering a question on the racial discrimination, H.E. Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, emphatically argued that there is no such thing happening in the Kingdom. He said: “all people are welcome to the Kingdom”. All religions are equally respected in the Kingdom.

Both countries are jointly fighting terrorism.

Ambassador Sanjay Singh, Former Secretary (EAST), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India moderated the session. Dr Suchitra Kulkarni of Ananta Centre facilitated the participants.

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