On PM's call, MBS orders to free 850 Indian prisoners

On PM's call, MBS orders to free 850 Indian prisoners

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday ordered the release of 850 Indian prisoners from various jails in his country on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said a statement from 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.

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.

(With inputs from PTI)