Introduced by Congressman Tom Malinowski, the House of Representatives passed the Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act by a whopping 405 votes.
He also lauded India's strength in the information technology (IT) and said Saudi Arabia too was investing a lot in the sector.
Saudi Arabia also said it would try to "de-escalate" tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the deadly terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, was once awash in petrodollars. But a slump in oil prices has made fiscal discipline and diversification away from oil vital.
Here' a look at the major pivots of the past year and the reforms to come in 2018: