Beginning on Saturday, India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar will go to Saudi Arabia for two days. This would be his first visit to the country in that capacity.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be visited by External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on September 10–12, 2022. This would be his first trip there as India’s External Affairs Minister, the MEA announced in a statement.
The external affairs minister and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud will co-chair the first ministerial meeting of the Committee on Political, Security, Social, and Cultural Cooperation (PSSC), which was established within the framework of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council, during the visit.
The MEA stated that “the two Ministers will conduct a thorough analysis of the entire bilateral relationship and will discuss the progress under the four Joint Working Groups of the PSSC Committee, namely Political and Consular; Legal and Security; Social and Cultural; and Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation.”
The announcement further stated that talks between these Groups and Senior Officials (at the Secretary level) have been place during the previous few months.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Group of Twenty (G20), and other regional and global matters of mutual relevance would be covered by both parties, according to the MEA.
Jaishankar will also have meetings with senior Saudi authorities including Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), during his visit.
Both parties will evaluate their bilateral relationships and talk about how to improve them. The minister will also communicate with Saudi Arabia’s Indian population.
Over the past few years, relations between India and Saudi Arabia have improved significantly in a variety of areas, including politics, security, energy, trade, investment, health, food security, culture, and defence.
Even during the Covid-19 outbreak, the senior leaders of the two nations maintained close communication.