Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte introduces members of his Cabinet to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday welcomed Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the presidential palace.
Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque described the meeting as “very warm and cordial,” with the president and minister reiterating both countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism.
The prince was on a three-day official visit to Manila. He and Duterte discussed strengthening bilateral ties and issues of mutual importance, particularly law enforcement, peace, security, and promoting the welfare of Filipino migrant workers.
Duterte thanked him for the visit, and the prince conveyed King Salman’s personal and warm wishes as he reaffirmed the importance of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia.
The minister also conveyed the king’s “deep respect” for Duterte’s “strong and decisive action that led to the liberation of Marawi (city) from extremists and terrorists.”
Duterte stressed the need to expand trade and investment cooperation, and to promote the rights, safety and wellbeing of Filipinos.
He hosted a luncheon for Prince Abdul Aziz in President’s Hall. The minister held separate talks with some of Duterte’s Cabinet members.
On Sunday, the prince received Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto at the Shangri-La at the Fort.
They discussed enhancing ties between the two countries, and the Saudi commitment to peace and development in Mindanao.
Alonto thanked the prince for his continuing support, especially to the island’s Muslim population.
The prince also met with Eduardo Ano, interior and local government officer in charge, with whom he discussed cooperation between the two countries’ interior ministries.
The prince also met with Labor Minister Silvestre Bello III and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.
In April 2017, Duterte paid a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia as part of his three-nation tour of the Middle East.


Saudi King Salman receives Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Riyadh

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Saudi King Salman receives Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Riyadh

  • During the meeting, they reviewed the close relations between the two countries, as well as developments in the region
  • Khan was in Riyadh attending Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah palace on Tuesday, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

During the meeting, they reviewed the close relations between the two countries, as well as developments in the region.

Delegates from both countries were present during the meeting.

Khan was in Riyadh attending Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative where he was a member of a panel on “Emerging Opportunities.”