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Tata Motors to set up Jaguar Land Rover plant in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi: India’s largest automobile company Tata Motors is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing plant for Jaguar and Land Rover in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf kingdom’s industry minister said Thursday.

Addressing an India-Saudi Arabia Business Forum meeting here, Saudi Arabia Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfig Fawzan Al Rabiah said the proposed plant would be the third largest for manufacturing of high-end Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

The minister said the plant is proposed to be set up eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

The forum meeting was organised jointly by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Council of Saudi Chambers.

Al Rabiah said Tata Group’s other companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata Steel are also having significant business engagements with Saudi Arabia and have shown commitment to expand it further.

Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest partner with bilateral trade of over $43 billion (Dh157.8 billion) in 2012-13. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about one-fifth of total imports in 2012-13.

Tata Steel won an order in last year to supply high-quality rails for a new high speed rail line linking the two holy cities of Makkah and Al Madinah, the minister said.