Salman bestowed the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit medal on the prime minister; it is the kingdom's highest honor and has never been given to a purely civilian Pakistani leader (although it was given in 2007 to President Pervez Musharraf, a general who ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 coup).
About 3 million Indians work in Saudi Arabia, almost half the 7.3 million Indian worker population in the Gulf states.
Within hours of Tillerson's comments on June 9, Trump called Qatar a "funder of terrorism at a very high level." Saudi Arabia, now with Trump on its side, has not ended the embargo.
Tillerson has called on a lifting of the embargo, although the State Department seeks to stay out of the dispute, Nauert said.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on April 3, 2016, shows Saudi Interior Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (L) meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud gave Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a very warm welcome last weekend in a public tilt of Saudi policy toward New Delhi and away from its traditional ally Pakistan.