Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday called Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Abdul Aziz bin Salam Al Saud – the second such exchange in as many months – to discuss energy partnership. “Had a warm exchange with HRH Abdul Aziz bin Salman Al Saud, Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia. Discussed similarities of our energy vision and the important role energy sector plays in our overall strategic partnership,” Puri tweeted.
In July, soon after becoming the oil minister, Puri had dialled OPEC nation kingpins to convey India’s concern over high oil prices that were threatening to impact the nascent economic recovery after a devastating pandemic.
He first called his counterparts in Qatar and the UAE and then the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) kingpin Saudi Arabia.
“Had a warm and friendly discussion with His Royal Highness, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman Al Saud, Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia on strengthening bilateral energy partnership and developments in the global energy markets,” Puri had tweeted on July 15.
Saudi Arabia, he said, is a central player in the international energy market.