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Saudi oil minister on second India visit

Khalid al-Falih is coming to attend the wedding of Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani
Mukesh Ambani, (right) his wife Nita Ambani, (left), son Akash Ambani and daughter Isha arrive for Akash's wedding in Mumbai, India, on Saturday.
Mukesh Ambani, (right) his wife Nita Ambani, (left), son Akash Ambani and daughter Isha arrive for Akash's wedding in Mumbai, India, on Saturday.
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PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 09.03.19, 07:34 PM

Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih is making his second visit to India in less than three weeks to attend the wedding of Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash.

Akash Ambani is tying the knot with Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta, in Mumbai on Saturday.

Sources said the Saudi oil minister will visit Mumbai for the wedding and also make a stopover in the national capital to meet oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Al-Falih, who has known Ambani for over a decade now, had previously travelled to Udaipur in December to attend the pre-wedding festivities of Ambani’s daughter Isha, who got married to Ajay Piramal’s son Anand.

Akash and Shloka’s wedding will take place at the newly built Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding festivities kicked off on February 23 with a grand bash at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Al-Falih last visited India on February 20 as part of a high-level delegation that travelled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a bilateral visit.

When he last visited the Ambanis in December 2018, the Saudi oil minister had tweeted that the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Ambani-run Reliance Industries are discussing joint investments in petrochemicals, refinery and communications projects.

During the visit in February, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin al-Nasser had spoken about talks with Reliance for investments in refinery and petrochemical projects.



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