Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Indian official meets Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Haj Minister, discusses logistics arrangements for pilgrims


Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs) Muktesh K Pardeshi reviewed the preparations for Haj 2024 in Jeddah and Madinah.

Pardeshi held a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Haj Minister Abdul Fattah Mashat and discussed the logistical arrangements and development of infrastructure aimed at the welfare and comfort of the pilgrims.

Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia told He reviewed the preparations for the upcoming Haj with a focus on providing best services to the Indian pilgrims.

Muktesh Pardeshi was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia from May 4-7 with the aim of strengthening the strategic partnership between India and Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release. Notably, a total of 175,025 Indian pilgrims will visit Saudi Arabia in 2024 under the 2024 Haj quota.

Pardeshi held talks with Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, Deputy Minister of Political Affairs at the Saudi Foreign Ministry. During the meeting, both sides reviewed the progress under the Strategic Partnership Council (SPC) and topics of bilateral and mutual interest. He reaffirmed India’s commitment to strengthen cooperation with Saudi Arabia in various fields.

In a post on Twitter, the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia said, “Shri Muktesh Pardeshi, Deputy Minister/Secretary (CPV & OIA) @MukteshPardeshi met with His Excellency Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, Deputy Minister of Political Affairs @KSAmofaEN of. They reviewed bilateral relations and discussed issues of mutual interest.”

During his visit to Riyadh, Muktesh K Pardeshi met Nasser Al Qahtani, Assistant Minister for Power Affairs at the Ministry of Energy, and Mohammed Ebrahim, Assistant Minister for Petroleum and Gas and discussed deepening energy cooperation, including in the field of renewable energy . Grid Connectivity. Both sides discussed facilitating investments between India and Saudi Arabia.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he also met Raad Al Barakati, President and CEO of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) and reviewed the work of the SPC under the economy pillar.

In a press release, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “Engagement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was an important focus of the visit. The Secretary visited the GCC Secretariat in Riyadh and held a meeting with His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Alwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General of the GCC.

“Both sides discussed strengthening the institutional framework of relations and enhancing ties in various areas including trade, security, energy and cultural exchanges. Both sides exchanged views on the regional and international situation.

During his visit, Pardeshi reviewed the well-being of the 24 lakh Indian community living in Saudi Arabia. He appreciated the leadership of Saudi Arabia for its efforts to ensure the welfare of the Indian community.

Muktesh K Pardeshi interacted with the vibrant community in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The Secretary expressed his appreciation for the contribution of the Indian community to the socio-economic structure of Saudi Arabia and assured them of the continued support and assistance of the Government of India.

In a post on Twitter, the Consulate General of India in Jeddah on Monday said, “CGI, Jeddah organized an interaction of the Indian community with Secretary (CPV&OIA), Ministry of External Affairs, @Muktesh Pardeshi at its premises on 05 May 2024. Did. Consul General Mohd. Shahid Alam @Shahid_IFS delivered the welcome address and highlighted the efforts of CGI, Jeddah for the welfare of the Indian community in its jurisdiction.

“Secretary (CPV&OIA) in his address highlighted the important role of the Indian community abroad in achieving the goal of a developed India. Dr. Suhail Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia and Shri Asim R., Joint Secretary (Gulf) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Mahajan also interacted with members of the Indian community.

“He interacted with the vibrant community in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The Secretary expressed his appreciation for the contribution of the Indian community to the socio-economic structure of Saudi Arabia and assured them of the continued support and assistance of the Government of India, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

Pardeshi’s visit underlined the depth and breadth of relations between India, Saudi Arabia and the GCC. It reaffirmed India’s commitment towards mutual prosperity and cooperation in various fields.

On Tuesday, India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Suhail Khan hosted a reception in honor of Muktesh Pardeshi at India House.

In a post on Twitter, the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia said, “Amb. Dr. Suhail Khan hosted a community reception in honor of Secretary (CPV & OIA) Shri Muktesh Pardeshi at India House. Representatives of various expatriate organizations and members of various sections of the Indian community participated in the event and warmly welcomed the Secretary (CPV&OIA).



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