Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in China

Feb 22, 2019, 01:01
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in China

Minister of External Affairs (MEA) said that as of now, Saudi Arabia has not offered to mediate between India and Pakistan at this point in time.

He also sought to allay India's fears about Pakistan-Saudi joint statement calling for avoiding "politicisation" of the United Nations listing regime, saying it was not directed at India's efforts to list Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". However, it did not name Pakistan in this context.

In his media statement, PM Modi called the attack a "cruel symbol" of the scourge of terrorism and sought punishment for the terrorists and their backers.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is set to arrive in China on Thursday in the middle of a multi-country swing through Asia that may burnish his image overseas as ties with western leaders remain strained.

Modi may have intentionally taken a transactional approach in his talks with the crown prince, sticking to economic deals and staying away from touchy topics like Khashoggi, Saudi construction of mosques, or India's close ties with the Saudi kingdom's archrival Iran, says Uday Bhaskar, a retired Indian navy commodore who directs the Society for Policy Studies, in New Delhi.

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Asked whether Saudi Arabia will try to mediate between the two countries, he said, "We will not involve ourselves into the tensions between India and Pakistan without being invited by both the countries".

Nasser said his company was "not limited to investment in Ratnagiri" and was looking at other opportunities too.

Prince Mohammed, who was greeted with a traditional Modi bear hug at the airport late Tuesday, was expected to go on to China later Wednesday.

"India takes from us nearly 800,000 barrels a day and by 2040 India's total consumption will be around 8.2 million barrels per day", Nasser said.

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Saudi Arabia also joined the International Solar Alliance, a move welcomed by the prime minister, MEA officials said. We will cooperate with India in every way, like intelligence sharing.

"Today we expect the opportunities we are targeting in India in various fields to exceed $100 billion in the coming two years. we want to work with you, Mr Prime Minister, to ensure these investments are made and to ensure useful returns for both countries".

Saudi Arabia chose to increase haj quota from India to two lakh from the present 1.75 lakh and release 850 Indian prisoners.

India would provide a fast growing market for oil and fuels and is already a steady buyer of Saudi oil.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Prince Mohammed's visit will add to a "positive momentum" in Chinese-Saudi co-operation.

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