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India to offer Riyadh security cooperation during Modi trip

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday is part of an effort to strengthen ties between the two nations and offer security and military cooperation, officials from India’s ruling party and government have said.

Modi is expected to sign trade agreements, including contracts to secure investment for infrastructure projects, and offer security and military cooperation, such as training and joint exercises, they said.

Modi’s Saudi visit comes just months after he travelled to the UAE and signed a security cooperation agreement that includes regular meetings between top security advisers.

Stronger relationships with Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE can help India get a more sympathetic hearing on global and regional forums. Gulfnews