The delegation included noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, expert on international Islamic affairs Kamar Agha and Shahid Siddiqui among others.

The members of the delegation congratulated the Prime Minister on his recent successful visit to Saudi Arabia, a PMO statement said.

They told the Prime Minister that people in West Asia, Central Asia and North Africa, especially the youth, are extremely impressed with his development agenda and want good relations with India, the statement added.

"Members of the delegation also praised Narendra Modi's development agenda, and his successful implementation record," it said.

Modi thanked the delegation, and reiterated his commitment to development, laying special stress on education, and especially girl child education.

"He expressed hope that the Muslim community in India shall be able to derive huge benefit from the welfare schemes initiated by the NDA government, such as the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, and Mudra Yojana," it added.

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