As India welcomed His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on his maiden visit to the country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the e-visa facility for the nationals of Saudi Arabia.
The Indian Government also agreed to increase the seats of Saudi Arabian Airlines from 80,000 seats/month to 112,000 seats/month and studies underway to increase that number substantially.
At the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Modi, the Crown Prince paid his first visit to India from February 19-20. Both sides expressed the desire to broaden people-to-people interactions and to increase two-way tourism by addressing challenges with regard to consular and immigration related issues.
The two countries also exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is further bound to cement relations between India and Saudi Arabia.
India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. Close geographical proximity, civilizational links, cultural affinity, natural synergies, vibrant people to people contacts. Common challenges and opportunities have added momentum to this robust engagement.
Prime Minister thanked the Saudi leadership for designating India as the ‘Guest of Honour’ in the 32nd Saudi National Festival of Heritage & Culture – Janadriyah 2018. The two sides emphasized on further enhancing people to people contacts and strengthening the cultural cooperation by organizing Cultural weeks – ‘India Week in Saudi Arabia’ and ‘Saudi Arabia Week in India’ at regular intervals.