Oman, Jordan Sign 7 MoUs to Promote Economy, Exchange Investment

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein held the second round of talks at Al-Alam Palace on Tuesday in the presence of their spouses (ONA)
Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein held the second round of talks at Al-Alam Palace on Tuesday in the presence of their spouses (ONA)
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Oman, Jordan Sign 7 MoUs to Promote Economy, Exchange Investment

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein held the second round of talks at Al-Alam Palace on Tuesday in the presence of their spouses (ONA)
Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein held the second round of talks at Al-Alam Palace on Tuesday in the presence of their spouses (ONA)

The Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik and Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein held a second round of talks at Al-Alam Palace on Wednesday before the Jordanian monarch concluded his two-day visit to Muscat.

Oman and Jordan signed seven memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and two executive programs in the areas of industries, competition protection, anti-monopoly, mining, labor, historical documentation, document and archive management, information exchange, supervision of the insurance sector, consumer protection, higher education, scientific research, innovation, and cooperation in the tourism sector.

The agreements were signed by Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Hamad al-Busaidi and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

At the signing ceremony, al-Busaidi underscored “the pivotal role of the private sector” in forging partnerships in the investment fields in light of promising opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

For his part, Safadi said that the signing of memoranda of understanding and executive programs between Jordan and Oman reflects the keenness of the leaders of the two countries to take practical steps towards consolidating cooperation.

Meanwhile, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said discussed on Wednesday ties with Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh on the sidelines of the King’s official visit to the Sultanate.

The two sides expressed their keenness on exploring prospects of cooperation in various fields.

They also reviewed several regional and international matters and touched on the efforts exerted to spread peace and stability in the region, according to Oman’s news agency, ONA.

The Jordanian Prime Minister reiterated the positive impact of the King's visit to Oman in terms of exchanging views on various matters of common interest.



Kuwait, Qatar to Bolster Defense Cooperation

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomes on Tuesday Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is visiting Doha (Qatari News Agency, QNA)
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomes on Tuesday Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is visiting Doha (Qatari News Agency, QNA)
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Kuwait, Qatar to Bolster Defense Cooperation

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomes on Tuesday Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is visiting Doha (Qatari News Agency, QNA)
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomes on Tuesday Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is visiting Doha (Qatari News Agency, QNA)

Qatar and Kuwait on Tuesday affirmed their keenness to strengthen defense cooperation in all fields and develop strategic relations and partnerships to protect the security and stability of the two countries and the region.
In a joint statement on the occasion of the visit of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Doha where he held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the two sides stressed the importance of Iraq's commitment to the agreement regulating maritime navigation in the Khor Abdullah waterway.
They also stressed that the Durra field is entirely located within Kuwait's marine borders and that the natural resources in the submerged area adjacent to the Kuwaiti-Saudi divided zone, including the entire Durra field, are jointly owned by only Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, categorically rejecting any claims (Iranian) that a third party has rights to these resources.
At the Palestinian level, the two sides expressed their deep concern over the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, and the brutal war that claimed thousands of defenseless civilians and destroyed vital facilities, places of worship and infrastructure as a result of the blatant attacks by Israel, the occupying power.
Kuwait and Qatar therefore called for pressure on Israel to stop its aggression and prevent attempts to impose forced displacement on Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah had left Doha on Tuesday afternoon, following a short trip to Qatar where he held talks with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The joint statement issued following the visit said a session of official talks was held at the Amiri Diwan during which the two Emirs discussed bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to further develop them in all fields.
The two sides praised the growth of trade relations and bilateral investments between the two countries as the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and Kuwait reached $1.94 billion until October 2023.
They stressed the importance of expanding the horizons of cooperation and economic partnership, achieving integration between the opportunities available in both countries, and exploring and developing economic opportunities in light of Qatar Vision 2030 and Kuwait Vision 2035.
Both countries welcomed Qatari and Kuwaiti investors and companies' expansion of their business in the two countries and taking advantage of the opportunities available in the giant projects in all sectors.
They also expressed their aspiration to the convening of the 6th session of the Qatar-Kuwait Joint Higher Cooperation Committee scheduled to be held this year in Doha, and to working on implementing the agreements, memorandums of understanding and joint programs that were agreed upon.
The two sides noted the close cooperation between them in political, military, security, economic, cultural, scientific and sports fields, and other areas of joint cooperation.
On the defense and security side, they affirmed their keenness to strengthen defense cooperation in all fields and develop strategic relations and partnerships to protect the security and stability of the two countries and the region.
Kuwait and Qatar then stressed their desire to enhance cooperation in topics of common interest, including: combating crimes in all its forms, combating drugs, promoting border security, combating extremism, hate speech and terrorism, and spreading a culture of moderation and tolerance in order to achieve security and stability in the two brotherly countries.
The two sides discussed the progress of joint GCC cooperation and the outstanding achievements to meet the aspirations of the citizens of the GCC countries towards greater interconnection, cooperation and integration.
They stressed the importance of maintaining cohesion, solidarity and unity of the GCC countries and intensifying efforts to complete the components of economic unity and the joint defense and security systems.
Kuwait and Qatar tackled the latest regional developments and their repercussions on inter-Arab relations, regional security and stability.

 

They also stressed the importance of Iraq's respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Kuwait and adherence to bilateral and international pledges and agreements and all relevant UN resolutions, especially Security Council Resolution 833 (1993) on the demarcation of the land and sea borders between Kuwait and Iraq, and the importance of completing the demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries beyond maritime mark 162.
The Kuwait-Iraq agreement regulating maritime navigation in the Khor Abdullah waterway was signed on April 29, 2012, before being ratified by both countries to take effect on Dec. 5, 2013, and jointly deposited with the UN on Dec. 18. 2013.
Both sides rejected Iraq's unilateral cancellation of the 2008 security swap protocol and its map approved in the joint plan to ensure the safety of navigation in Khor Abdullah signed between the two sides on Dec. 28, 2014, which included a clear and specific mechanism for amendment and cancellation.
The two countries also renewed support for Security Council Resolution 2107 (2013), which requests the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to strengthen, support, and facilitate efforts related to searching for missing Kuwaitis and third-country nationals and determining their fate.

 

 


Saudi Arabia Reiterates Need to End Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Reiterates Need to End Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi government reiterated on Tuesday the need to end the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

The Kingdom had declared that position at the Munich Security Conference.

It had called for prioritizing the need to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the enclave. Efforts must be exerted to deliver more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, it added.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh.

The cabinet expressed immense pride in the Kingdom's remarkable three-century legacy on the eve of Founding Day, which is celebrated on February 22.

It highlighted the unity, security and stability enjoyed for generations, which led to constant progress and development. It commended the state's unwavering commitment and steadfastness, and acknowledged the march forward toward a brighter future for the country.

The cabinet was briefed on recent government activities, and highlighted the efforts exerted toward deepening ties with various countries, in pursuit of shared goals and stronger cooperation in diverse fields.

The cabinet praised the successful visit by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the Kingdom where he held talks with Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

The cabinet stressed that the Kingdom's successful bid to host the 11th session of the World Water Forum in 2027 solidifies its leading role in addressing water issues both regionally and internationally. It reflects the nation's ongoing commitment to achieving sustainable development goals.

The cabinet lauded the outcomes of the World Smart Cities Forum (WSCF) that was held in Riyadh, highlighting the successful launches and signing of memoranda of understanding. The initiatives aim to boost sustainability and improve the quality of life in Saudi cities, aligning with the Kingdom's objective of having at least ten of its cities ranked among the top 50 globally.

The ministers reviewed on the inclusion of three new Saudi cities into the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, attaining the highest growth rate among major tourist destinations worldwide, and leading the Electronic Government Services Index in the Middle East and North Africa.

The achievements underscore the Kingdom's unwavering interest and support for all sectors, aspiring to establish the country as an exemplary model on multiple fronts.


8th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

The plane is carrying 78 tons of relief supplies. SPA
The plane is carrying 78 tons of relief supplies. SPA
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8th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

The plane is carrying 78 tons of relief supplies. SPA
The plane is carrying 78 tons of relief supplies. SPA

The eighth Saudi relief aircraft operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) landed on Tuesday at the Polish Rzeszow Airport, near the Ukrainian border.

The aircraft will cross the Polish border into Ukraine as part of the Kingdom's ongoing efforts to offer humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people.

The plane is carrying 78 tons of relief supplies, including electric generators and appliances.

This humanitarian aid is testament to Saudi Arabia's historical commitment to assisting people facing adversities and crises across the globe.


Saudi Leadership Congratulates President of Nepal on Democracy Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulates President of Nepal on Democracy Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent on Monday a cable of congratulations to President of Nepal Ramchandra Paudel on his country's Democracy Day.

He wished him continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Nepal steady progress and prosperity.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, sent the Nepalese leader a similar cable on the occasion.


GCC Secretary-General, EU’s Borrell Urge Gaza Ceasefire

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi.
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi.
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GCC Secretary-General, EU’s Borrell Urge Gaza Ceasefire

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi.
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi.

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi met held talks in Munich on Sunday with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

They highlighted the gravity of the situation in Gaza and its profound impact it is having on the lives of the Palestinian people.

They stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the swift provision of humanitarian aid and relief to the affected people.

They emphasized the crucial role of collective international action in addressing the significant challenges and consequences arising from various conflicts and crises at both the international and regional levels.

Albudaiwi and Borrell met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

They discussed issues of mutual interest and means to strengthen collaboration across various fields.

They underlined the historic partnership between the GCC and the European Union and reviewed the agreements reached at the 27th Joint Ministerial Council meeting, which took place in Muscat in October 2023.


Saudi Leadership Congratulates Gambian President on Independence Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulates Gambian President on Independence Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent on Sunday a cable of congratulations to Gambian President Adama Barrow on his country's Independence Day.

He wished him continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of the Gambia steady progress and prosperity.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, sent the Gambian a similar cable on the occasion.


Saudi FM Warns of Worse ‘Flare-Up’ if Peace Agreement Fails

Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan during his meeting with EU's Josep Borrell in Munich (SPA)
Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan during his meeting with EU's Josep Borrell in Munich (SPA)
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Saudi FM Warns of Worse ‘Flare-Up’ if Peace Agreement Fails

Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan during his meeting with EU's Josep Borrell in Munich (SPA)
Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan during his meeting with EU's Josep Borrell in Munich (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan warned on Saturday that Israel's approach to the war in Gaza does not enhance its security but rather further increases threats to it.
Prince Farhan stressed that most Palestinians support the two-state solution, cautioning that if a solution is not reached, "the next explosion will be worse."
The Saudi Foreign Minister said in a panel discussion on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2024 that Israel's "excessive response" in Gaza would inevitably inflame the feelings, saying it could lead to an increase in extremism.
The death toll is approaching 30,000 civilians, and at least 17,000 children have become orphans as a result of the ongoing crisis, said the FM, adding that the "tragedy we are witnessing" would mobilize many emotions and risks revitalizing the idea that coexistence is not possible.
Prince Faisal stressed that Saudi Arabia's priority now is to deal with the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and focus on a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israelis from Gaza, and increasing aid to the Palestinians.
He added, "It is unacceptable that we have not yet been able to resolve the simple issue of access for humanitarian goods into Gaza."
The Saudi minister also reiterated that the path to regional security and stability could be realized through the establishment of a Palestinian state, calling on the international community to focus on this.
The top diplomat indicated that the Kingdom is not in direct talks with Israel, asserting that there are no relations with Tel Aviv.
Riyadh confirmed through the US that "the highest priority is to address the humanitarian crisis and end the conflict," said bin Farhan, adding that normalization discussions can be opened afterward.
He stressed that the priority in discussions with Israel after its resumption "will be the establishment of a Palestinian state."
The FM said the Palestinians have the right to self-determination, the most important solution to ensure international security and stability.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan added that Saudi Arabia's normalization with Israel depends on the Arab Peace Initiative.
"Normalization of relations with Israel depends on implementing the Arab Peace Treaty. We do not talk to them directly," he said.
He explained that Palestinians must be able to decide their fate to ensure sustainable security, which requires difficult decisions within Israel as well.
Prince Faisal refused to blame any party for the delay in reaching a peace agreement, saying it can't be placed on any side, but the time has come to put all efforts to achieve peace, including those who stood as an obstacle whether it was Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, or Israel.
For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt informed Israel that the deportations of Rafah residents is a "red line" and constitutes a threat to Egypt's national security.
Speaking at the same panel, Shoukry added that there are catastrophic consequences of displacing the population of Gaza.
The Egyptian FM said that the lack of political will within the international community has obstructed reaching a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the past years, adding that both parties must make concessions to reach an agreement.
On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Prince Faisal held a series of bilateral meetings where he met Diplomatic Advisor to French President Emmanuel Bonne, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Leader of British Labour Party Keir Starmer, and Shadow Foreign Minister David Lammy.
On Friday, Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his British counterpart, David Cameron.
The two officials addressed the bilateral relations and ways to enhance them, the latest developments in the Gaza Strip.
Prince Faisal also met with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mariya Gabriel.


Riyadh to Host Saudi Media Forum this Week

Riyadh hosts the Saudi Media Forum. (SPA)
Riyadh hosts the Saudi Media Forum. (SPA)
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Riyadh to Host Saudi Media Forum this Week

Riyadh hosts the Saudi Media Forum. (SPA)
Riyadh hosts the Saudi Media Forum. (SPA)

Riyadh will host the Saudi Media Forum, which will guide participants and visitors through an exciting journey to discover modern experiences in the media industry and the realms of creativity that have led entities and institutions to global media leadership, SPA said on Sunday.
The forum, to be held on Monday, considered the largest media gathering in the Middle East, brings together ministers, officials, ambassadors, academics, and media professionals from various countries around the world.
President of the Saudi Media Forum and CEO of Saudi Broadcasting Authority (SBA), Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Harthi, indicated that the forum focuses on enhancing media growth, fostering creative thinking, and nurturing content creation.
He noted that it also aims to support the role of media in shaping public opinion and building successful partnerships that contribute to the development of media companies and institutions locally and globally.
The forum sessions will abound with successful media experiences, stimulating creative and innovative thinking, monitoring and discussing media changes, and addressing rapidly evolving issues along with the media response to them, according to Al-Harthi.
Additionally, the forum will review modern experiences in the media industry and activate modern television and radio production activities by attracting leading companies and expertise globally, in line with the fast pace of media transformations.


Seventh Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Seventh Saudi relief plane arrives in Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainians. (SPA)
Seventh Saudi relief plane arrives in Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainians. (SPA)
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Seventh Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Seventh Saudi relief plane arrives in Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainians. (SPA)
Seventh Saudi relief plane arrives in Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainians. (SPA)

The 7th Saudi relief aircraft, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), landed at the Polish Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border, SPA said on Sunday.
The aircraft will enter Ukraine from Poland as part of the ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Ukrainian people.

On board, the aircraft carried 69 tons of electric generators, appliances, and infant formula.
This aid underscores the Kingdom's longstanding commitment to supporting people in need and those affected by crises and challenges worldwide.


Saudi FM Holds Discussions on Gaza in Munich

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Munich. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Munich. SPA
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Saudi FM Holds Discussions on Gaza in Munich

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Munich. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Munich. SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Saturday with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

The two officials discussed the latest developments in the region and the world, mainly the situation in the Gaza Strip and efforts to address the crisis.

Prince Faisal also held talks with leader of the British Labor Party Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Foreign Secretary of the British Labor Party David Lammy.

Discussions focused on bilateral relations, and regional and international developments.

In a separate meeting, the Saudi FM and Diplomatic Advisor to the French President Emmanuel Bonne tackled relations between Riyadh and Paris, ways to enhance them in various fields, and the latest regional and international developments, primarily the situation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings.

Prince Faisal also met with Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

They discussed ways to foster close ties between the two countries and the latest regional and international topics of mutual interest.