Monday, 1 March 2010

Indo-Saudi agreements to boost bilateral ties

By Syed Akbar
Riyadh, March 1: India and Saudi Arabia late on Sunday night signed five major agreements that will not only boost bilateral ties between the two nations, but will also help in curbing terrorism in the region.
The major treaties were the extradition treaty and the agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saudi second deputy prime minister Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz signed the treaties on behalf of their respective nations.
A memorandum of cultural cooperation between the ministry of culture and information, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the ministry of culture, government of India was also signed in the presence of prime minister Dr manmohan Singh and Saudi ruler King Abdullah.
Other memoranda signed as part of the Riyadh Declaration were MoU between Indian Space Research Organisation and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology for cooperation in peaceful use of outer space, and agreement on scientific and technological cooperation bdetween the department of science and technology, India, and KACST, Saudi Arabia.

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