EAM Jaishankar holds talks with Saudi Foreign Minister

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 19-09-2021 14:37 IST | Created: 19-09-2021 14:22 IST
EAM Jaishankar holds talks with Saudi Foreign Minister
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar (File Photo) Image Credit: ANI
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday held wide-ranging talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud covering a range of bilateral and regional issues including developments in Afghanistan.

Al Saud arrived here on Saturday evening on a three-day visit.

''Delighted to welcome FM of Saudi Arabia HH Prince @Faisalbinfarhan for his first-ever visit to India,'' Jaishankar tweeted.

The Saudi foreign minister is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

The visit by the Saudi foreign minister comes at a time when India has been engaged with all leading powers on the developments in Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban. It is learned that the situation in Afghanistan was a major area of focus of the talks between Jaishankar and Al Saud.

Being a major regional player, Saudi Arabia's position on the developments in Kabul assumes significance as several countries in the Gulf region including Qatar and Iran were playing a role in the Afghan peace process before the Taliban's capture of power.

In the Gulf region, India has been in touch with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran over the unfolding developments in Afghanistan.

In a reflection of India's views on the matter, Prime Minister Modi on Friday said the global community should decide ''collectively'' and ''thoughtfully'' on according to recognition to the new set-up in Afghanistan because of questions over its acceptability as the change of power was not ''inclusive''.

He made the remarks during a virtual address at a meeting on Afghanistan of the heads of state of the SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

The defense and security ties between India and Saudi Arabia are witnessing a gradual expansion.

Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane visited Saudi Arabia in December last in the first-ever visit by ahead of the 1.3 million-strong Army to the strategically important Gulf nation.

Gen Naravane held extensive talks with senior military officials of that country intending to enhance bilateral defense cooperation.

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