Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj visits Saudi Arabia

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

While speaking about three characteristics of members of Indian diaspora who are living overseas, she said, "Indians are nice neighbours".

Major General Ali bin Ibrahim Fevvaz added that as a Muslim country, Saudi Arabia strongly condemns Armenia's aggressive policy and is constantly close to Azerbaijan in its rightful cause.

"EAM praised the Indian Embassy for responding to the Indian Community promptly", he said in a tweet. "We take great pride in our strong and deeply rooted strategic and cultural relationships with the Kingdom", said General Singh, "and we are thrilled to be able to offer Saudis visiting the Janadriyah Festival the chance to "visit" India with no need for a visa and without any real travel expenses".

Sushma Swaraj termed members of Indian diaspora as the real ambassadors of the Indian community.

Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest trading partner for India with bilateral trade exceeding $25 billion in 2016-17.

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The Indian Pavilion will showcase socio-cultural heritage, folklore, traditional costumes, Indian perfumes, bridal costumes, artifacts, calligraphy, and cuisine along with displays and presentations by ministries and different departments. Nine Indian cultural troupes will present their performances during the festival.

The country is also home to around 3.2 million expatriate Indians, that includes a growing number of professionals, including doctors, software engineers and oil technologists.

Touching upon the security issue in the region, the Defense Minister expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia's support of Azerbaijan's position in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and for not the establishment of diplomatic relations with Armenia. The country is a major source of India's energy requirement as it accounts for nearly one-fifth of India's crude oil requirement.

The volume of bilateral trade during 2016-17 was recorded at United States dollars 25.079 billion, a slight decrease from the USD 26.71 billion in 2015-16.

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