Saudi King Salman receives South African President Ramaphosa

King Salman receives South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 12 July 2018
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Saudi King Salman receives South African President Ramaphosa

  • The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and cooperation
  • The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his delegation

JEDDAH: King Salman received South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Thursday. The president arrived in the Kingdom on Wednesday evening for an official visit focused primarily on strengthening economic ties, increasing investment and diversifying trade relations.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and South Africa in all fields and reviewed the latest regional and international developments. The talks were attended by a number of princes and senior officials, as well as the president’s official delegation.

The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his delegation.

Later, Ramaphosa met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and they discussed issues of common interest in addition to means of enhancing bilateral relations in various fields.

Ramaphosa had met with senior Saudi officials earlier in the day, including the ministers of trade and investment; energy; industry and mineral resources; and finance. 

Saudi Trade and Investment Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi said the two sides discussed cooperation in the economic, commercial and industrial fields, adding that Ramaphosa “expressed his country’s desire to invest in the pharmaceutical, health and mining industries through joint investments.”

The trade minister added, “We also discussed the establishment of a Saudi-South African business council to further increase the volume of trade between the two friendly countries.”

Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the Kingdom and South Africa share historic and outstanding relations. “South Africa is a member of the G-20, and of many regional and international organizations, hence the importance of coordinating economic relations between the two countries,” he said.

Ramaphosa will visit the UAE on Friday.


US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

Updated 19 min 6 sec ago
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US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

JEDDAH: The US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia Christopher Henzel has issued a statement congratulating King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Kingdom’s people on its National Day.
Henzel’s statement read: “On behalf of the United States of America and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and our Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran, I extend our congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the people of Saudi Arabia on your national day.
“Our partnership with Saudi Arabia extends from our close security cooperation to our strong relations in business and exchange programs. Together we are working to promote the security and prosperity of both our countries.
“Through our educational and cultural exchange programs we learn from each other and deepen our partnership. Over many decades hundreds of thousands of Saudi and American officials, tourists, business representatives, and students have traveled between our countries and in the process have cemented our strong ties.
“I wish the people of Saudi Arabia success in all their endeavors and look forward to a bright future as our two countries continue to work together.”