New Delhi: India and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign mega deals in energy and infrastructure to bolster their strategic partnerships when the Gulf kingdom’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, visits New Delhi on February 19-20. On his maiden trip to India as the Crown Prince, Salman is expected to announce investment proposals in key sectors as Saudi Arabia aims to increase its economic presence in India that currently remains low, people familiar with the matter indicated to ET. New Delhi will try to impress on the Crown Prince to cut the Asian premium on crude oil imported by India, which if Riyadh agrees to will help the government keep fuel prices stable in the election season, one of the people said. He is also travelling to China, Malaysia and Pakistan in his maiden Asian trip in his current capacity, as Saudi aims to create global footprints and keep economy well oiled. Saudi Arabia’s investments in India remain relatively low despite its financial clout and the upward trajectory of Indo-Saudi political ties. But Riyadh is planning to invest in India‘s energy sector in a big way. India and Saudi are expected to deepen strategic partnership in areas including security, counter-terror, defence and economy. Saudi Aramco, the national petroleum company, signed a $44-billion deal in April 2018 with an Indian consortium to acquire a 50% stake in Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd.