Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate Saudi cultural festival today

by International | 07-02-2018 | 544 views

Riyadh : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will inaugurate a national cultural festival of Saudi Arabia , Al Janadria , on Wednesday . Sushma Swaraj arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and will be in the country till Thursday . The two – week long festival that began in is the biggest cultural festival of the Gulf that celebrates culture and heritage of Saudi .

The festival, organised by the National Guard, exhibits Saudi Arabia's rich tapestry of culture and heritage. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh had earlier said that India's participation in the festival will be multi-faceted. "We will have an Indian pavilion where we will project a number of Indian themes and projects. The pavilion will comprise glimpses of traditional and modern India," he said.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than 3 million Indian people and ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years especially after the landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Gulf Kingdom in April 2016.
Saudi Arabia is India's fourth largest trade partner after China, the US and the UAE. The country is a major source of India's energy requirement as it accounts for almost one- fifth of India's crude oil requirement.

The volume of bilateral trade during 2016-17 was recorded at USD 25.079 billion, a slight decrease from the USD 26.71 billion in 2015-16. 

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