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Modi, Prince Salman agree to set up mechanism to scale up Saudi Arabia’s investments in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have decided to set up a mechanism at the leadership level to scale up the oil-rich kingdom’s investments in energy, infrastructure and defence sectors in India as they met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties.

“It was a cordial and warm meeting,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that after the meeting in Argentina’s capital.

Prince Salman spoke of India as an important partner.

There was specific discussion on How Saudi Arabia can enhance its investments across number of sector in two to three years, he said.

Prince Salman said that Saudi Arabia will be finalising an initial investment into the National Infrastructure Fund.

He also referred to the future prospects for investment in the technology sector, the agriculture sector and energy sectors, Gokhale said.

“Two leaders have agreed that we will now set up a mechanism at the leadership level which will go into the possibilities of concrete actions in terms of investment, in terms of technology, in terms of manufacturing across various sectors from energy to food security and to infrastructure to defence,” he said.

“This mechanism will be worked out shortly and we will expect that in the next two to three years, there will be significantly scaling up in the Saudi investments in India,” Gokhale said.

The Prime Minister stressed upon the importance of having stable and predictable energy prices and some discussion took place between the two leaders how Saudi Arabia can contribute and help in stabilising energy prices, particularly for India.

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