Prince Salman concludes two important visits to India, Maldives

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Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, presented 5000 copies of the Holy Quran and translations of its meanings as a Saudi gift to Islamic institutions in India during his visit to India which was concluded on April 15.

This has been announced by Saudi Ambassador to India Faisal bin Hassan Trad.

Prince Salman also presented 1000 copies of the Holy Quran as a gift to the Islamic Center and Grand Mosque in the Maldives to which he had paid a visit earlier.

India-Saudi bilateral ties received a new boost with Riyadh Governor Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s five-day official trip during which he shared New Delhi’s concern about terrorism and laid stress on more economic cooperation between the two countries.

Prince Salman, who belongs to the Saudi royal family, was Wednesday conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Jamia Millia Islamia, a leading central university of India, before he left for India’s financial capital Mumbai.

A citation read at the function in the university described Prince Salman as ‘a world renowned philanthropist, internationally acclaimed statesman and above all a man of high moral fabric and integrity’.

Accepting the degree, the prince underscored the need for deepening educational ties between India and Saudi Arabia. ‘India and Saudi Arabia have a historic relationship. There is a need to deepen education ties between both the countries,’ said Prince Salman.

Delhi Chief Minister Shila Dikshit who also attended the function said: ‘This degree will enhance the ties of trade, industry and education between India and Saudi Arabia.’

During his four days in the capital, Prince Salman called on President Pratibha Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari, and met and held talks with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

He also attended business meets and reiterated the need for more trade cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia that crossed $25 billion mark 2008-09. The two countries have forged a strategic partnership pursuant to the historic visits of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to India in 2006, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia this year.

Prince Salman held talks with Krishna Tuesday and emphasized Saudi Arabia’s stance against terrorism, sharing India’s concern over the issue. ‘We condemn the plague of terrorism and we’ll not accept it from any party, whoever it may be,’ he told reporters.

‘Islam rejects terrorism, killings and causing harm to people. Saudi Arabia’s stand on this issue is very clear.’

Krishna termed India-Saudi relations as ‘excellent and strong’.

‘The visit of Prince Salman confirms that,’ he said, adding the joint cooperation for peace and stability concerned not just the region but the whole world.

‘There are shared positions on a number of Arab and global issues.’

Prince Salman also underscored relations between Saudi Arabia and India and hoped his visit would contribute to strengthening bilateral ties further.

The Riyadh governor headed a high-level delegation, which includes Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group; Riyadh Mayor Prince Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf Al-Muqrin; and Abdul Rahman Al-Jeraisy, chairman of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also met Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha K. Rahman Khan.

The Saudi leader will fly to the Maldives Thursday, ending his India visit that began Sunday.

Prince Salman held talks in the Maldives capital Malé Thursday with Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on issues of mutual concern. Nasheed highlighted the strong relations between the two countries and thanked the governor for visiting the Maldives.

Prince Salman was received at the airport by Maldives Prime Minister Ibrahim Hussein Zaki, Maldivian Ambassador to the Kingdom Hussein Shihab and Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Abdulaziz Al-Jammaz.

Prince Salman was accompanied by Prince Muhammad bin Salman, special adviser, Riyadh Mayor Prince Abdulaziz Al-Muqrin, other princes and high-ranking officials including Abdulrahman Al-Jeraisy, chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prince Salman arrived in the Maldives after a five-day official visit to India where he met President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and other officials.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was awarded warm welcome to celebrate his visit.

During the meeting, they exchanged views on a number of issues relating to fraternal relations between the two sisterly countries and ways of enhancing them.

The President highly valued the visit of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and lauded the role the Kingdom is playing at all regional and international levels, wishing the Kingdom continuous progress and prosperity.

The President then held a lunch party in honor of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and the accompanying delegation. Then the President bid Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz farewell.

The meeting and the banquet were attended by The Maldives Minister of Economy Mohammed Rasheed; Minister of Health Dr. Amina Jamil; Minister of Interior Mohamed Shihab; Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdulmajeed Abdulbari; The Maldives ambassador to the Kingdom Hussein Shihab; and the Saudi ambassador to the Republic of Sri Lanka and The Maldives Abdulaziz Al-Jammaz.