Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails on PM Modi's request

After the talks, it was also announced that India has decided to extend E-Visa facility to Saudi nationals.

Published: 21st February 2019 12:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2019 12:44 AM   |  A+A-

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud looks on during their joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (PTI photo)


NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia' Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Wednesday ordered the release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in his country's jails on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's request as the two leaders held extensive talks here, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

After the talks, it was also announced that India has decided to extend E-Visa facility to Saudi nationals.

In an important development, Saudi Arabia also joined the International Solar Alliance, a move welcomed by the prime minister, MEA officials said.

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Both sides noted the potential of cooperation in the renewable energy sector, not only in investment but also in research and development, a joint statement issued after the talks said.

In another significant move, Saudi Arabia has also agreed to resolve issues relating to Indian workers who are currently stranded in the kingdom due to the closure of a foreign company, T S Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the MEA, said.

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