ROME: The Republic of San Marino and Saudi Arabia will soon finalize a cooperation agreement on tourism, San Marino’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari told Arab News after a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Beccari said that the meeting covered all issues related to the “extraordinarily good bilateral cooperation” between the two states.
“We confirmed that we will increase this cooperation, particularly in the tourism sector,” he told Arab News after the meeting.
In another meeting held in Italy at the beginning of September, Beccari and San Marino Secretary of State for Labor and Sports Teodoro Lonfernini agreed with Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, sports minister and president of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic and Paralympic Committee, to work together on a memorandum of understanding to further cooperation on sports and tourism and to continue talks soon in San Marino or Riyadh.
“The meeting we had in New York with Prince Faisal definitely represents a further important step toward this goal, which would benefit both our countries,” Beccari added.
An enclave nestled in the northeast of Italy a few miles from the popular beach destination of Rimini, San Marino has been an independent state for 1,720 years and has a population of nearly 34,000.
With its medieval buildings, fine monuments and iconic landscapes, it is a well-known attraction for visitors to the Riviera Romagnola from all over the world.
Prince Faisal and Beccari also agreed to “work quickly” to finalize agreements on the abolition of double taxation and the promotion and protection of investments to further consolidate bilateral relations, Beccari added.