The Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is expected to visit India in mid-November. The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled as he travels to Indonesia.
November 14 is expected to be the date when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman may have the chance to hold a meeting that is expected to last a few hours.
Upcoming meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit
The two leaders are expected to leave for Bali, Indonesia, to attend the G-20 summit on Nov. 15-16. The development comes after Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to Saudi Crown Prince Salman, asking him to visit the nation at an “early date”. EAM’s Dr S Jaishankar had traveled to Riyadh for bilateral talks in September.
During the meeting, the two leaders are expected to exchange views on the current energy security scenario due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, and the sanctions imposed by the Western coalition to which neither India nor India the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have acceded. Moreover, the visit will have geopolitical significance as US-Saudi tensions have increased following the OPEC+ decision to cut oil production. Following OPEC’s decision, US President Joe Biden, who will also attend the G-20 summit in Bali, warned of “consequences” for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In Delhi, the two leaders are also expected to review bilateral plans between the two countries, including progress on Prime Minister Salman’s 2019 pledge of a “$100 billion investment” in India. The promise was particularly linked to oil reserves and green energy projects, which have yet to come to fruition. Prime Minister Modi has visited Riyadh twice. Once in 2016 and then in 2019. He had announced a number of MoUs and projects with Saudi Arabia during the visits.