Saudi Arabian ambassador to India Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati said that the kingdom has a very strong cooperation with India on countering terrorism, extremism and against terror financing. Speaking at an interactive meeting with academics during his visit to Calicut University on Wednesday, Al Sati said that the Middle East region was going through a turbulent period and facing lot of challenges including terrorism.
“Saudi Arabia is doing all its best internally, regionally and internationally and actually we are leading the campaign against terrorism, terror financing and extremism and their supporters. We have a very strong cooperation with India on countering terrorism,” he said.
The ambassador said that India and Saudi Arabia have become strong partners and strategic allies sharing a wide range of interests ranging from trade and commerce to security cooperation, and energy ties.
“Today Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest trading partner with India and our energy cooperation with India has now entered a new phase with Saudi Aramco signing an agreement with three Indian oil companies to set up a $44 billion refinery in the West Coast of India with a capacity to process 1.2 million barrels of oil a day,” he said.Al Sati said that Saudi Arabia will take steps to increase the number of Haj and Umrah pilgrims as part of the country’s Vision 2030.The ambassador said that Saudi Arabia appreciates the contributions made by the three million Indian expats working in their country.
“They are highly regarded because of their hard working and law abiding nature and many of them are from Kerala,” Al Sati said.
Vice Chancellor K Mohammed Basheer suggested academic tie-ups with Saudi varsities to enable student exchange programmes, double and joint degree programmes.
By: Business Standard
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