Saudi crown prince arrives in Spain on last stop of global tour

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Updated 11 April 2018
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Saudi crown prince arrives in Spain on last stop of global tour

  • Crown Prince Mohammed scheduled to meet with Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday
  • Spain and KSA expected to sign five MOUs on culture, science, employment, air transport and defense

LONDON: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has arrived in Madrid for his first official visit to Spain. 

The Crown Prince left France on Wednesday after a three-day official visit and arrived at Torrejon's military airbase in Torrejon de Ardoz, close to the Spanish capital Madrid. 

Spain's defense minister, Maria Dolores Cospedal, received Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Torrejon de Ardoz. Cospedal was representing Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis who is accompanying Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on an official visit to Argentina.

Prince Mohammed is scheduled to meet with Spain's King Felipe VI, who acceded to the throne in 2014, on Thursday morning before holding talks later in the day with Rajoy. But King Felipe VI will also host a private dinner in honor of his Saudi guest Wednesday.  

During his short visit, Spain and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign five memorandums of understanding in the areas of culture, science, employment, air transport and defense, a Spanish foreign ministry source said.

Top-selling daily newspaper El Pais reported earlier this week that Spain would likely make progress during his visit on a deal to sell five warships to Saudi Arabia for around two billion euros.

The Saudi prince's trip to Spain comes hot on the heels of a three-day official visit to France and after a tour lasting several weeks of the United States, Britain and Egypt, where he signed multimillion-dollar deals.


Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

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Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

  • Al-Jubeir says world stands united in solidarity with Muslims
  • Praised NZ's prime minister, government and people for the response to attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.

Taking to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had "no religion or race."

He added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what the prime minister, the government and the people of New Zealand have done is proof of that."

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READ MORE ARAB NEWS COVERAGE OF CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS HERE

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His statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”