Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj visits Saudi Arabia


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on her first official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. There will be displays and representations by various Ministries and Departments including Ordnance Factories Board, ISRO, Ministry of AYUSH, India Tourism Board, Ministries of Shipping, Textiles and Food Processing Industries.

Swaraj also thanked the Indian community for the good will it has earned for the country and lauded the Indian embassy for its promptness.

"The EAM will also participate at the inauguration of the prestigious National Heritage and Culture Festival "Janadriyah" being held in Saudi Arabia, at which India is the guest of honour country", it said.

The two-week long festival that began in is the biggest cultural festival of the Gulf that celebrates the culture and heritage of Saudi.

India's turn as guest of honour follows on the historic visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in 2016.

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The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) has sent nine different cultural troupes for the cultural performances which include Kathakali, Kalariyaptu, Kathak, Manipuri and others.

On the business front, major Indian companies like Tata Motors, Jet Airways, Al Abeer Medical Group, etc will also be putting up stalls at the Pavilion. The deal is being driven by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is keen to bring technology expertise to the Kingdom.

During interaction with media persons, Gen V.K. Singh had reportedly said "we greatly value our close and deep rooted civilizational and strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Riyadh follows the visit of Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, in New Delhi on March 08, 2016.