India celebrates its 72nd Republic Day on January 26, 2021, aspiring for a prosperous future that lies ahead of it. India and its people share a special relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a relationship that has grown on the strong foundations of shared culture and thrived on opportunities of strategic partnership. I would like to congratulate the Indian government and its people on this momentous day.
Our friendship with India is ancient, tracing its roots to third millennium BC. It has been further enriched by the movement of people and ideas, in both directions, leaving an indelible mark upon our cultures and civilizations. Trust, mutual understanding, goodwill and respect for each other’s interests have nurtured our relations for centuries, but in the last decade, our ties have witnessed an important transformation.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince’s historic visit to India in February 2019 was one of the most significant milestones in Saudi-India ties. The visit ushered a new era for Saudi-India ties and carved the way for a remarkable future.