Sushma Swaraj Current Affairs - 2019
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The 9th Heads of Mission Conference was held in New Delhi from June 30-July 2, 2018. It was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The conference comes at the time when India is monitoring several important global developments including sanctions imposed by United States on Russia and Iran, and China’s new assertiveness in Indo-Pacific region.
The theme of three-day annual conference was ‘Unprecedented Outreach: Unparalleled Outcomes’. It saw participation of all Indian ambassadors and high commissioners and deliberated on India’s key foreign policy issues and goals .It provided government a common platform to brief country’s top diplomats for promoting India’s national interests abroad and on economic reform initiatives and measures taken for improving ease-of-doing business in the country so that these aspects can be highlighted on the global stage.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz in presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated 32nd edition of Saudi Arabia’s National Heritage Festival in Janadriyah village, Riyadh. This year India is guest of honor country.
Jenadriyah is cultural and heritage festival of Saudi Arabia. It is held annually at Jenadriyah village near Riyadh. It is organised every year by National Guard. It was held for first time in 1985. It draws more than one million visitors every year.
The festival normally falls during the month of February or March. The activities in festivals include camel race, horse race, sports, dance, arts, history, falconry, and traditional arts and crafts.
The India Pavilion at festival was based on the theme ‘Saudi ka dost Bharat’. It showcased traditional and modern aspects of India and its culture. Previous guests of honor countries were Turkey, Russia, France, Japan, South Korea, China, UAE and Germany.
Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trade partner after China, US and UAE. It is major source of India’s energy security requirement as it accounts for almost one-fifth of India’s crude oil requirement. The volume of bilateral trade between both countries during 2016-17 was recorded at $25.079 billion. Saudi Arabia is home to more than 3 million Indian people.