2006 News Story

King Abdullah concludes India visit by signing the Delhi Declaration

  King Abdullah and Prime Minister Singh

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the Delhi Declaration today, marking the end of the King’s state visit to India.

In the Declaration, the two nations agreed to expand bilateral cooperation and to work closely together to fight terrorism and other transnational crimes, such as money laundering, drug trafficking, and arms smuggling. They agreed to make a concerted effort to achieve a comprehensive convention on international terrorism as well as an international counterterrorism center, as proposed by King Abdullah.

The Declaration also included an agreement to expand and diversify bilateral trade and investments and establish a strategic energy partnership.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both countries emphasized the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative and the Road Map for Peace in order to invigorate the peace process and lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

With regard to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and India expressed their hope that the security, unity, territorial integrity and prosperity of Iraq would be assured. The two sides also welcomed the ongoing Indian-Pakistani dialogue and efforts to resolve outstanding issues.

King Abdullah departed India this evening. He was seen off by Prime Minister Singh, who earlier in the week broke protocol by personally welcoming the King at the airport, a sign of how much importance India attached to the visit.

Text of the Delhi Declaration