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RIYADH (Web Desk) – A flying contingent of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are on a maiden visit to Saudi Arabia from August 1-4, reports Al Arabiya News.


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Indian Embassy Charge d’Affaires Hemant Kotalwar, while addressing a press conference, called the visit significant, and a step to boost Indo-Saudi relations.

“The visit underscored the close defense ties between India and Saudi Arabia, which received a fillip following Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s visit to New Delhi, when he was Crown Prince in February 2014, to sign a Bilateral Defense Cooperation Agreement,” he said.

Kotalwar thanked King Salman and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salam, minister of defense, for the support and cooperation rendered during the visit.

The contingent consisting of 110 IAF officers and airmen on-board Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft, C-17 Globe Masters, C-130 Super Hercules and IL-78 aircraft while en route to United Kingdom for a multinational exercise landed at King Fahd airbase in Taif.