India, Saudi Arabia sign a dozen deals

India, Saudi Arabia sign a dozen deals


India and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday inked over a dozen agreements in several key sectors including oil and gas, defence and civil aviation to bolster their ties as the Prime Minister, Mr.  Narendra Modi, held extensive talks with the Kingdom's top leadership during which a Strategic Partnership Council was established to coordinate on important issues.

Mr. Modi, on a two-day visit to the Gulf Kingdom to attend the Future Investment Initiative, held talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

After the delegation-level talks, the two sides signed an agreement to establish the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council to coordinate decisions regarding strategically important issues. The council will be headed by Mr.  Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed and meet every two years.

The two sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and agreed to step up bilateral security cooperation.