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With defense pact, Saudi-Japan strategic ties cemented further

WELCOME: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads the Kingdom’s delegation at a defense meeting in Tokyo on Friday.

TOKYO: Riyadh and Tokyo signed a defense agreement during a meeting between Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday.

During the meeting, they reviewed opportunities of enhancing cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of defense and military. They also discussed the latest developments in the Middle East.
Officials from both the countries were present at the high-level meeting, during which issues of mutual interest and ways to increase bilateral relations were also discussed.
The deputy crown prince, who is second deputy premier and minister of defense, is currently visiting Japan as part of his three-country tour of the Asian region.
Prince Mohammed held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on Thursday and discussed bilateral cooperation and latest developments. Saudi Arabia and Japan also signed seven memorandums of understanding in a number of areas on Thursday. Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan have experienced a quantum leap and are growing steadily in all spheres of life including economy, culture, military, education and health fields. Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi met his Japanese counterpart, Hiroshi Hase, on the sidelines of the official visit of Prince Mohammed and discussed boosting Saudi-Japanese cultural relations within the framework of Vision 2030.

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