Prince Salman’s visit will be significant as Saudi Arabia is a major energy security provider for India. PM Narendra Modi had visited Riyadh in 2016 in what was seen as a turning point in relations. Modi was then honoured with the ‘Sash of King Abdulaziz’, the highest civilian decoration awarded by the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia also is India’s fourth largest trade partner (after China, US and Japan). In 2017-18, India-Saudi bilateral trade increased by 9.56 % to $27.48 billion. During the visit, he will inaugurate the new embassy complex in New Delhi. The visit of Prince Salman, who will be accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and senior officials, will further strengthen India-Saudi energy cooperation besides emphasising enhancement of ties across several areas, including IT, health and tourism.