Riyadh: On the third and last leg of his three-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to hold bilateral talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
This will be the first prime ministerial visit from India to the Gulf kingdom after the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010.
Modi left for Saudi from US late at night after attending the Nuclear Summit in Washington DC.
During that visit, the relationship between the two countries was elevated to “strategic partnership”.
This was after the Delhi Declaration made during then King Abdullah’s historic visit to India in 2006, the first by a Saudi monarch in five decades.
There are four key aspects to India’s relationship with Saudi Arabia: energy cooperation, the nearly three million-strong expatriate Indian community, Haj pilgrimage and security cooperation.