Saudi Arabia's MoS foreign affairs to visit India on Monday

File photo: Saudi MoS foreign affairs. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2019, 09.44 PM (IST)

Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs Adel Al Jubeir will be in India on Monday for a brief visit. The visit, which will be just 4 hours 25 minutes long - according to the schedule released by the Ministry of External Affairs - will see the minister meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

When asked about what will be the focus during the minister's visit, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "My understanding is that he is visiting to discuss some important follow-ups from the recent visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to India."

On being asked if the minister is coming as a mediator in the backdrop of his Pakistan visit, Kumar said, "How did the question arise? In fact, I made it very clear and frankly there has been no offer of any mediation from any country. Not from the Saudis, not from any country that there can be any mediation and I think our position is very clear on that."

Last week, the minister was in Pakistan and met Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan and his foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

There have been a number of high-level engagements between India and Saudi Arabia in the last few weeks. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in India for a state visit from February 19 to 20. External Affairs Minister met Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs in UAE on the sidelines of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers' meeting earlier this month. 

This will be the second meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Adel Al Jubeir in the last 10 days.

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When asked about what will be the focus during the minister's visit, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, 'My understanding is that he is visiting to discuss some important follow-ups from the recent visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to India.'