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Swaraj meets Saudi King, inaugurates Janadriyah festival

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Riyadh: External Affairs Minister today met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz who inaugurated the prestigious National Heritage and Festival ‘Janadriyah’ at which India is the guest of honour country.

King Salman in the presence of Swaraj inaugurated the festival which exhibits Saudi Arabia’s rich tapestry of and heritage and is organised by the National Guard.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Swaraj thanked Saudi Arabia for according the ‘Guest of Honour’ status to India at the Janadriyah festival, an official statement said.

She recalled the landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 which gave a strong impetus to the partnership, it said.

Swaraj added that the festival provides an opportunity to showcase and further build upon this relationship, the statement said.

“India’s participation at the Janadriyah Festival provides an opportunity to showcase our strong relationship: EAM @SushmaSwaraj,”, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Showcasing the core values and traditions of India, the India Pavilion mounted on the occasion is based on the theme “Saudi ka Dost Bharat”, the official statement said.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj receives His Majesty King Salman at the India Pavilion showcasing the traditional and modern aspects of India! The Pavilion with the theme ‘Saudi ka dost Bharat’ is a big draw at Janadriyah,” Kumar said in another tweet.

Swaraj, who arrived here yesterday on her maiden visit to Saudi Arabia, called on King Salman here.

They discussed steps to further intensify the strategic partnership in all sectors and to work towards each other’s progress.

“Steps to further intensify our strategic partnership in all sectors and to work together towards each other’s progress came up during a warm discussion,” Kumar tweeted.

Earlier, Swaraj met her Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir and discussed ways to enhance trade, energy, defence and security ties.

Kumar said the discussions between the two leaders focused on enhancing trade and investment, energy, defence and security, and people-to-people ties.

Swaraj said that India’s flagship programmes including ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ complement well with ‘Vision 2030’ launched by Saudi Arabia and invited Saudi investments in India, it added.

Saudi Arabia is home to more than 3 million Indian people and ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years especially after the landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Gulf Kingdom in April 2016.

Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trade partner after China, the US, and the UAE. The country is a major source of India’s energy requirement as it accounts for almost one- fifth of India’s crude oil requirement.

The volume of trade during 2016-17 was recorded at $25.079 billion, a slight decrease from the  $26.71 billion in 2015-16.

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