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India-Saudi Arabia Joint Statement during the State Visit of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to India 8 New Delhi

Prime Minister expressed his thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for increasing the quota for Hajj pilgrims from India to 200,000 to reflect the latest census.

Prime Minister expressed his thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for ordering the release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails.

Both sides expressed the desire to broaden people-to-people interactions and to increase two-way tourism by addressing challenges with regard to consular and immigration related issues.

The Indian Government has agreed to increase the seats of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Both sides look forward to the integration of migration platforms of both the countries viz., e-Migrate and e-Tawtheeq to create a robust migration environment.

Both sides agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in the area of payment systems including RuPAY for the benefit of Indian community in general and more particularly the Hajj/Umrah pilgrims. The Prime Minister thanked His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for sorting out the issue of "Iqamah" for the Indian Labour who were stranded in Saudi Arabia for no fault of their own, and resolving this humanitarian issue.

Both sides committed themselves to promoting reformed multilateralism through enhanced cooperation at multilateral fora and in international organisations, including the UN, G-20, WTO, etc. In this context, they emphasised the need for reform in global governance architecture such as UN Security Council, WTO, international financial systems, etc.

Both sides emphasized the importance of an effective reformed multilateral system, centred on a UN reflective of contemporary realities, as a key factor in tackling global challenges. They stressed upon the urgent need to pursue UN reforms, including of the Security Council.

The two sides also reiterated their commitment to working together to address fugitive economic offenders including through international organisations and institutions.

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of India for the warm hospitality extended to him and the accompanying delegation.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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