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EAM Jaishankar, his Saudi counterpart discuss developments in Afghanistan

By The Hindu

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Saudi counterpart Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud on Sunday deliberated on the developments in Afghanistan and explored ways to further expand bilateral ties in areas of defence and security, trade, investment and energy.

In wide-ranging talks with the visiting Saudi leader, Mr. Jaishankar called for further relaxing restrictions on travel from India to the Gulf nation while appreciating the country for the support provided to the Indian community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Al Saud arrived here on Saturday evening on a three-day visit. It is the first ministerial visit from Saudi Arabia to India since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Both ministers exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan and other regional issues,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

“Delighted to welcome FM of Saudi Arabia HH Prince @Faisalbinfarhan for his first ever visit to India,” Mr. Jaishankar tweeted.

The MEA said both ministers discussed all issues related to their bilateral relationship and regional and international issues of mutual interest

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