Saudi EU mission to open in Brussels

Osama Nugali.
Updated 09 December 2017
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Saudi EU mission to open in Brussels

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will soon open a mission to the EU in Brussels with the aim of further enhancing relations between the Kingdom and EU countries.
“Saudi Arabia has long-lasting relations with the European Union through the Saudi Embassy in Brussels,” Osama Nugali, head of the media department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, told Arab News on Friday.
“Additionally, establishing a Saudi Mission to the European Union aims to enhance and develop these relations in all fields and areas of joint cooperation,” he said.
The Kingdom and the EU already share very cordial relations in trade and commerce and cultural areas.
A 50-member trade delegation from the EU visited Riyadh last month with the aim of developing cooperation between the EU and the Kingdom in agriculture and rural development, with a view to further developing bilateral trade in agri-food products.
Trade relations between the Kingdom and the EU have traditionally taken place through the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the focus on industrial goods and energy resources.
To promote socio-cultural relations, the EU organizes a month-long celebration to mark Europe Month in the Kingdom, which includes cultural exhibitions and programs at various European missions in Riyadh.


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”