Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is in India for a two-day visit, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Wednesday. MBS, as the crown prince is popularly called, held a detailed meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and both the nations announced major deals in the areas defence, oil, and trade.
Here are the highlights:
2 pm: Extremism & terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we'll cooperate on all fronts, be it intelligence sharing. We'll work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations, says MBS.
1.59 pm: We know India’s strong position in IT sector. We have invested heavily in the Arab IT sector, says MBS.
1.58 pm: India and Saudi Arabia have thousand years of blood ties, says Mohammed bin Salman.
1.56 pm: Saudi Arabia and India are together and agree that terrorism should not exist, and the countries which support terrorism should be held responsible, says PM Modi.
1.55 pm: Pulwama attack shows we must fight terrorism and Saudi Arabia is with us, says PM Modi.
1.57 pm: We welcome Saudi Arabia joining the International Solar Alliance. We also discussed how to further strengthen our defence cooperation.
1.52 pm: Saudi Arabia is one of India's most valuable strategic partners. Our relations have grown stronger. I welcome Saudi investment in Indian infrastructure, says PM Modi.
1.46 pm: India and Saudi Arabia's friendly relations dates back to hundreds of years, says PM Modi.
1.45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman witness the exchange of MoUs between the two countries.
1.40 pm: Saudi Arabia signs framework agreement with India on a solar alliance. Saudi Arabia becomes 73rd country to sign Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance
1 pm: Visuals of delegation level talks between India and Saudi Arabia:
12.44 pm: PM Modi warmly welcomes Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman ahead of the talks. PM Modi's visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016 qualitatively transformed the relationship between the countries.