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Sadiqi, Marhaban bikum fil Hind, Modi greets Saudi Crown Prince in Arabic

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is visiting India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Wednesday February 20, 2019 5:04 PM, ummid.com News Network

Modi Greets Mohammed bin Salman

New Delhi: After breaking protocol to receive Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at airport after his arrival in India last night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday greeted the visiting Saudi Royal in Arabic - his mother tongue and the Kingdom's national language.

"Sadiqi, Marhaban bikum fil Hind (My dear friend, I weclome you in India)", Modi said as Mohammed bin Salman looked at him with a generous smile.

"Saudi Arabia is one of the most important strategic partners of India. We have centuries-old relationship. And, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit this relationship will become even stronger", Modi said while addressing a joint press meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

PM Modi and Mohammed bin Salman had earlier witnessed the Exchange of Agreements between India and Saudi Arabia at Hyderabad House.As many as five MoUs were signed between the two countries today afternoon.

The MoUs signed on investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, on Cooperation in the field of Tourism, for Cooperation in the Field of Housing, on Enhancing Bilateral Investment Relations and for Cooperation on Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati, New Delhi, India and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), Saudi Arabia for Exchange of Audio Visual Programme.

"Saudi Arabia and India together have an investment potential of more than US$100 billion", Mohammed bin Salman said while addressing the joint press meet.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is visiting India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is accompanied by a High-Level official delegation as well as a large business delegation.

Mohammed bin Salman, the young and powerful Saudi leader, arrived in Delhi last night after wrapping up a trip to Pakistan, where he said Saudi Arabia had signed investment agreements worth $20 billiion. Breaking the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally welcomed him at the airport.

Earlier in the morning Wednesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accorded a grand ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcome the visiting Saudi Royal as he arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan with Union Minister of State VK Singh.

PM Modi, who had received the Saudi Royal last night at the airport, again hugged him as he came down form his car. Later, the Saudi Crown Prince received the guard of honour. Before that the national anthem of the two countries were played.

"Glad to be in India", Mohammed bin Salman told reporters after the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"Relation between India and the Arabian Peninsula which Saudi Arabia represents dates back to thousands of years. Even before the history was written. Today we want to be sure that this relation is maintained and improved for the sake of the two countries", he said.

"With the leadership of the President and the PM, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India", he added.

He said a large number of Indians are living in Saudi Arabia and are helping to build the Kingdom since last 70 years. Likewise, there are many Saudis who are living and working in India.

"During this trip, we will show few examples of work Saudi people did in India", he said.

Later in the evening Wednesday, the Crown Prince will call on President Ram Nath Kovind. A banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary and his delegation will be hosted at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

From India, Mohammed bin Salman will proceed to China to complete the first leg of his Asian tour. He is scheduled to visit Malaysia and Indonesia in the next week.

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