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EAM Dr S Jaishankar meets Saudi counterpart, exchanges views on  Afghan situation,  regional issues

Nirendra Dev

Nirendra DevSep 19, 2021, 06:06 PM IST

EAM Dr S Jaishankar meets Saudi counterpart, exchanges views on  Afghan situation,  regional issues

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Sunday met his counterpart from Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud here and both the leaders exchanged views on the Afghan situation,  regional issues.

This is the first ministerial visit from Saudi Arabia to India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Both Ministers discussed all issues related to their bilateral relationship and regional and international  issues of mutual interest.

Both Ministers exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan and other regional issues, an MEA release said adding, they also discussed bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums such as UN, G-20 and GCC. 

Dr Jaishankar congratulated Saudi Arabia on its successful Presidency of G-20 last year despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement signed between the two sides during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in October 2019, the MEA release said.

Both the leaders also expressed satisfaction at the meetings held under the Agreement and progress achieved. 

Both sides discussed further steps to strengthen their partnership in trade, investment, energy, defence, security, culture, consular issues, health care and human resources.

Dr Jaishankar also appreciated Saudi Arabia for the support provided to the Indian community during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged Saudi Arabia to further relax restrictions on travel from India.

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