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Visit of ICGS SAMUDRA PAHEREDAR to Dammam Port

Posted on: February 04, 2020 | Back | Print


As part of India’s strategic outreach and offshore deployment, Indian Coast Guard Ship SAMUDRA PAHEREDAR, arrived at King Abdul Aziz Port at Dammam for a three day visit. The visit is aimed at enhancing co-operation and understanding between important navies of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The goodwill visit aims to promote and further Defence Cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The historic visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to India as the Crown Prince in 2014, visit of the Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman to India in February 2019 and our Hon’ble PM to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and October 2019 have been important milestones towards expanding our strategic partnership. Defence relations constitute a significant element of our shared strategic vision for the region and the regular visits by Indian Navy Ships and Indian Coast Guard ships is testimony to our strong ties.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations, reflecting centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties.  Bilateral trade between the countries has shown remarkable growth and has registered substantial increase in recent times.  The Indian community in Saudi Arabia is one of the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom and the ‘most preferred’ due to their expertise, sense of discipline, and law abiding nature. The Haj pilgrimage is another important component of the bilateral relations with over 2,00,000 Indians performing Haj every year.

Building upon the rich and longstanding relations that have existed between India and Saudi Arabia, both nations have developed warm relations in several spheres.  The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the Indian Ocean and, in particular, to strengthen the existing bonds between India and Saudi Arabia.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India have embarked on a well charted journey towards enhancing the bilateral relations in multifarious fields some of which include exploring trade and business opportunities, infrastructure development, commerce, medical research, people to people exchanges in pursuit of cultural revelation, defence cooperation and military training.  The increased frequency of ship visits and the assistance provided by the Kingdom for facilitating these visits is noteworthy. Defence relations constitute a significant element of our shared strategic vision for the region and the current visit is a testimony to our strong ties with the Kingdom.

Ship visits are symbolic of our desire to enhance our cooperation with the Kingdom in matters of defence. The visit of these Naval Ships will assist in promoting understanding and furthering interoperability between the two Navies. We look forward to further these Defence Cooperation mechanisms.

Indian Naval and Coast Guard assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region.  In addition, they have also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Hydrographic Survey, Search and Rescue and other such capacity building and capability-enhancement activities.  The current voyage will contribute positively towards efforts to consolidate Inter-Operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.

The ship was visited by the Hon’ble Ambassador of India, Dr Ausaf Sayeed, number of distinguished guests from the Royal Saudi Navy and Coast Guard, members of International Community, Indian Diaspora and School Children during its port call.

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