India has received unusual praise from Saudi Arabia's World Muslim League for its policy of non-violence and tolerance towards all.
The Mecca-based World Muslim League timed its praise for India's Global and National outlook on Gandhi Jayanti- something which Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Group has never done before.
Hailing Mahatma Gandhi for being a pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence, the Muslim World League, for the first time, paid tribute to Gandhi on his 153rd birth anniversary and said that the day should be an occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally.
It added that October 2 should be used as an opportune day to spread the message of non-violence on an international level.
The Muslim World League is an international non-governmental Islamic organization based out of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Mecca or Makkah is the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad and is the location of Islam's holiest place Ka'aba.
October 2 also coincides with the International Day of Non-Violence.
Notably, there has been a paradigm shift in the relationship between the two countries under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The visit of PM Narendra Modi to Riyadh in April 2016 captured the spirit of enhanced cooperation in the political, economic, security and defence realms.
During the visit, King Salman conferred the Kingdom's highest civilian honour on Prime Minister Modi, indicating the importance Saudi Arabia attached to its relations with India.
The visit of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to India in February 2019 further took forward this momentum.
During the visit, it was announced that the Kingdom would invest approximately USD 100 billion in India.
Six MoUs/Agreements were signed in the fields of investment, tourism, housing, exchange of audio-visual programmes, and an agreement was signed to pave way for Saudi Arabia to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which was launched by Prime Minister Modi.