Foreign Minister Kishida Pays a Courtesy Call on the King of Saudi Arabia
March 13, 2017
- On March 13, commencing at shortly after 11 a.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and others attended the meeting).
- At the beginning, Minister Kishida welcomed King Salman's historic visit to Japan, the first visit by King of Saudi Arabia in 46 years, and expressed his hope that this visit will serve to further strengthen Japan's strategic cooperative relationship with Saudi Arabia which is a highly important partner to Japan.
- Minister Kishida welcomed that specific cooperative measures for realizing Saudi Vision 2030 are steadily put in place, and explained that Japan intends to build a cooperative relationship in wide-ranging fields including politics and security as well as culture and sports, not only the fields of energy and the economy. King Salman expressed expectation that exchanges with Japan will intensify and the relationship will grow stronger.
- Minister Kishida and King Salman also exchanged views on the situation in Middle East, and King Salman expressed expectation for Japan's role in the stability of the Middle East.