By Arab News
By Ghazanfar Ali Khan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Saudi capital Saturday afternoon after 2 days of his engagement with world leaders during Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
The Indian premier will hold talks on bilateral and international subject with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman here on Sunday.
The talks between King Salman and Modi will focus on the whole gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues of common concerns.
The king will also host a lunch banquet in honor of Modi, which will be attended by high-ranking Saudi and Indian officials as well as by members of the royal family. “India’s ties with Saudi Arabia are special,” Prime Minister Modi said in a statement ahead of his departure from New Delhi.
During his stay in Riyadh, Modi will visit the historic Masmak Palace.
The Masmak fortress was taken over by King Abdulaziz in 1902 in a brave attack, which marked the start of the foundation of modern Saudi nation.
Thereafter, Modi will meet with members of the Indian community at the local InterContinental Hotel, which will be followed by a visit to the L&T workers’ residential complex on the outskirts of Riyadh.
L&T is currently executing some projects in Saudi Arabia including the prestigious Riyadh Metro project.
It is also important to note that Indian expatriate living in Saudi Arabia hold high expectations from Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, the largest crude oil supplier to India, is home for about 2.9 million Indian workers.