SME Times News Bureau | 07 Feb, 2018
Indian External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel
Jubeir here and discussed deepening of India-Saudi Arabia
"Discussions focused on enhancing trade and
investment, energy, defence and security, culture and
people-to-people ties," Indian External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
"The two Foreign
Ministers also discussed the regional and global situation,"
The India-Saudi Arabia relationship was
elevated to that of a Strategic Partnership during the visit of then
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the Gulf kingdom in 2010.
Arabia is the fourth-largest trading partner for India with bilateral
trade exceeding $25 billion in 2016-17.
As India's largest
supplier of crude oil, Saudi Arabia accounts for about 20 per cent of
the total annual imports.
The country is also home to
around 3.2 million expatriate Indians, that includes a growing number
of professionals, including doctors, software engineers and oil
Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Tuesday on a
three-day visit, during the course of which she will participate at
the inauguration of the prestigious national heritage and culture
festival Al Janadriyah being held just outside Riyadh at which India
is the guest of honour country.