New Delhi, 16 June 2019
Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Dr Ausaf-Sayeed presented his Letters of Credence to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, this morning. Saudi has nearly 27 lakh Indian diaspora living there.
The current relations between India and Saudi Arabia are at an all-time high with the recent highly successful first State visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to India. There is a lot of scope for expansion to strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Saudi Arabia, which could be easily managed with the presence of highly efficient Indian diplomats at Jeddah.
Dr Sayeed presented greetings on behalf of the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and also extended an invitation to His Majesty to undertake a State Visit to India. Along with the Indian envoy, Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, China and the United States presented their credentials.
Amb. Sayeed is already highly experienced
Dr Sayeed has served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia three times before – first as Consul (Haj) in Jeddah in 1995 to 1996, then as Second/First Secretary in Riyadh from 1996 to 1998 and as Consul General of India in Jeddah from 2004-2008.
In an interview given to Saudi Gazette, Dr Sayeed explained the depth of India-Saudi relations, “India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. Both countries have been working closely in different fields such as oil & gas, trade & commerce, investments, security and strategic cooperation and to jointly counter the menace of international terrorism which is threatening global peace. Saudi Arabia is a major source of energy for India, as we import about 20% of our crude oil requirement from the Kingdom, India being the third largest consumer of crude. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner, after China, USA and the UAE. India’s bilateral trade with Saudi Arabia is worth $27.48 billion. More than 420 Indian companies operate in the Kingdom through joint ventures or with 100 per cent ownership”.
News Desk, Diplomacytoday.in