Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate cultural festival of Saudi Arabia today

Riyadh: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today arrived in Riyadh on her first visit to Saudi Arabia during which she will inaugurate the prestigious Janadriyah festival in the Gulf Kingdom, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

India has been invited to the festival as a country guest, and Sushma Swaraj, who is on the three-day visit to the Gulf Kingdom will be leading the Indian delegation at the festival.

Addressing a joint press conference with Saudi Minister of National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Muhammad bin Eyaf al-Muqrin Al Saud, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said India’s
participation in the festival will be multi-faceted.
V K Singh said,“We will have an Indian pavilion where we will project a number of Indian themes and
projects. The pavilion will comprise glimpses of socio-cultural heritage, folklore. Traditional costumes, Indian perfumes, bridal costumes, artifacts, calligraphy and food.some cultural performances such as Kathakali, kalariyaptu, Kathak, Bollywood, Gujrati and Rajasthani performances are also expected to grace Al Janadria.

On the business front, major Indian companies like Tata Motors, Jet Airways, Al Abeer Medical group, etc will also be putting up stalls at the pavilion.
India greatly values its “close and deep-rooted civilizational and strategic relationship with the Saudi
Arabia,” Singh said Saudi Arabia is home to more than 3 million expatriate Indians. “I have no doubt that
India’s participation in this festival will take our relationship to new heights,” he added.
While Sushma Swaraj will head to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a state visit to
Palestine, the UAE, and Oman from February 9-12.

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