Riyadh, October 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Riyadh on a two-day official visit, described Saudi Arabia as a "valued friend". Modi, who landed in Riyadh on Monday night, is slated to attend the Plenary Session of the Third Future Investment Initiative Forum on Tuesday. "Landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marking the start of an important visit aimed at strengthening ties with a valued friend. Will be taking part in a wide range of programmes during this visit," tweeted Modi.
At the Forum, Modi will speak about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a $5 trillion economy by 2024. Major energy deals were set to be inked during the Modi's visit, including the West Coast Refinery Project and for India's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) Programme. PM Narendra Modi Leaves for Saudi Arabia, To Ink Deal to Elevate Ties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tweet
Landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marking the start of an important visit aimed at strengthening ties with a valued friend. Will be taking part in a wide range of programmes during this visit. pic.twitter.com/3MskcllePr
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2019
The West Coast Refinery Project is a $44 billion project in Maharashtra in which Saudi Aramco will hold considerable stake. Under the SPR Programme, three massive underground storage facilities that India is building to ensure energy security.