King Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh

King Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Gina Haspel on Thursday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Gina Haspel on Thursday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Gina Haspel on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 08 November 2019

King Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh

King Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh
  • The meeting in the capital was attended by a number of Saudi officials
  • The king and Haspel “discussed a number of topics of mutual interest”

RIYADH: King Salman on Thursday met Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in Riyadh.

During the meeting, they discussed topics of mutual interest.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, State Minister Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Chief of General Intelligence Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid.

King Salman also met Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian foreign minister, and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed ways to develop and strengthen relations between the two countries.

Also on Thursday, the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) received Rinkēvičs to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

Rinkēvičs praised strategic relations between the two countries, noting the efforts of the Saudi leadership.

The minister said that he looks forward to future cooperation between CSC and its counterpart in the Latvian market in education, health care, the environment, the pharmaceutical industry and IT.

CSC Vice Chairperson Abdullah Al-Adeem said that delegation exchanges between the two countries contributed significantly to the growth of bilateral relations, adding that despite efforts, trade remains modest at around SR342 million ($91 million) in 2018.

He urged an increase in the exchange of information to keep abreast of the latest opportunities in both markets, and to hold exhibitions to highlight their respective products.

He invited Latvian businesspeople to explore the potential of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plans and to take advantage of the facilitations the Kingdom offers to foreign investors.