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Breaking protocol, PM Modi receives Saudi Crown Prince at Delhi airport

During Salman’s visit, New Delhi and Riyadh will set up a “Strategic Partnership Council” at the ministerial level to deepen partnership in areas like political, security, trade, investment and culture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday received Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Crown Prince is in India for bilateral talks over issues of concern pertaining to areas like political, security, trade, investment and culture. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

On Wednesday, Modi will hold delegation-level talks with the Crown Prince and his delegation at Hyderabad House, where he will also host a lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

The two sides are also expected to sign pacts in the areas of investment, tourism, housing and information & broadcasting. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Relations between the two countries are rooted in strong historical and civilisational links. The mutually beneficial partnership encompasses active cooperation in a wide spectrum of spheres. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Saudi Arabia has identified India as one of the eight strategic partners with whom it intends to deepen partnership in areas of political engagement, security, trade and investment, and culture. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

As part of this engagement, the two sides are finalising the setting up of a Strategic Partnership Council at the Ministerial level. (Source: REUTERS)

Before coming to India, the Crown Prince was in Pakistan for two days amid heightened tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Pulwama terror attack last week, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. In this photo released by the Press Information Department, Pakistani President Arif Alvi, right, meets with visiting Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at presidential palace in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Press Information Department, via AP)