Khurshid’s Saudi visit cancelled

Published: 22nd February 2013 08:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2013 08:51 AM   |  A+A-

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend has been cancelled due to the sudden ill-health of his Saudi host.

Khurshid was to travel to the desert kingdom on Saturday morning for a two-day visit, which would have been the first stand-alone visit by an Indian External Affairs Minister since 2001.

But, the trip was cancelled on Wednesday upon receiving news of ill-health of Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-faisal.

In recent years, India’s relation with Saudi Arabia has intensified, especially in counter terrorism. Last year, two terror suspects Abu Jundal and Fasih Mehmood were deported from Saudi Arabia to India.

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