G20: Indian PM Narendra Modi receives Saudi Crown Prince MBS with warm embrace

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in New Delhi ahead of the G20 summit on Saturday.

The two leaders met and exchanged handshakes and a hug at the newly inaugurated Bharat Mandapam convention center in Pragati Maidan.

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The Crown Prince is expected to sign an infrastructure agreement with the US and other G20 members to explore the building of a rail and shipping network that links the Middle East to India and Europe.

MBS, as the Crown Prince is widely known, was greeted on the tarmac by officials and a troupe of women dancing to folk music.

His visit comes at a time when Washington is actively engaging with the Kingdom, encouraging it to normalize ties with Israel.

“This has been the result of months of careful diplomacy, quiet, careful diplomacy, bilaterally and in multilateral settings,” US Deputy National Security adviser Jon Finer said Saturday.

This project “has enormous potential but exactly how long it takes, I don’t know,” Finer added.

The agreement to discuss the project could be among the most tangible outcomes of the summit, with G20 leaders divided over Russia’s war in Ukraine and gridlocked on finding an agreement to slash carbon emissions.

Several other world leaders arrived in New Delhi on Friday including UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, US President Joe Biden, Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Austrialia’s Prime Minster Anthony Albanese, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

With Agencies

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