Foreign Minister Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, who is visiting India for a very important visit speaks to NewsX
Foreign Minister Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, who is visiting India for a very important visit speaks to Geeta Mohan, Foreign Affairs Editor, NewsX.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
NewsX: Consultations are on between Saudi Arabia and India. What are the expectations and what are the focus areas?
Foreign Minister: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India have been neighbours. We have been neighbouring civilizations for thousands of years. We have been trading partners. We have extensive human to human contact and extensive cooperation in the area of security and political consultations. We face the same challenges and have the same opportunities. I believe that both of our countries are very determined to work very closely together to broaden, deepen and strengthen this already very strong relationship for the benefit of both people and both countries. KSA looks forward to the visit of the Prime Minister. It will be another milestone in the evolution of this relationship.
NewsX: India has sought a lot of help from Saudi Arabia during the evacuation of Indian nationals and foreign nationals from Yemen. Saudi Arabia played a very important role; there was a lot of help that was sought. Also there is a lot of information that India seeks from Saudi Arabia. We know that 39 of our Indian men are still missing in Iraq captured by the ISIS. Any information that Saudi Arabia still has on the conformations of them being alive?
Foreign Minister: We are working as dilligently as we can, with everybody that we can in order to provide assistance. And this is our duty. The exchange of information with regards to terrorism and violent extremism is not a favour, it is a two-way street. We both are targets of these extremists and these terrorists, and we must work very closely together in order to defeat them and God willing we will. And I believe India is doing what it believes is right and I believe that together we can do great things and we can be very very effective in going after the terrorists who are threatening your people and my people.