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Saudi Arabia and India discussed National Security concerns

His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Secretary General of the National Security Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh on March 28, 2011.

The Saudi Envoy briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in West Asia, North Africa, and Gulf regions, and in particular the efforts being made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries to bring peace, stability and prosperity for the people in the region. He indicated the desire of the Gulf States to meet the genuine aspirations of the people in an atmosphere of peace and stability. HRH Prince Bandar reiterated Saudi Arabia’s keen interest in further consolidating relations between India and the Kingdom in all areas of cooperation, without reservation.

The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to HRH Prince Bandar for his visit, and conveyed India’s firm commitment to further developing its strategic partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. West Asia and the Gulf were regions of great interest to India because of the presence of almost six million Indians. The region was a major economic partner and source for energy for India. Cooperation between India and the Kingdom and the GCC States was a factor of peace and stability in the region. The Prime Minister emphasized that differences should be resolved through peaceful dialogue and discussion and countries should be free to determine their own pathways to national development. He expressed confidence that the wisdom and leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah will contribute to peace, stability and welfare of the people of the region.

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