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King Salman ends five-nation Asian tour



[ March 19, 2017 ]

Riyadh: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has left China on Saturday to head back to the Kingdom at the end of an Asian tour that also took him to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, and Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
At Beijing International Airport, the King was seen off by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a number of other senior officials.




During the visit, Saudi Arabia and China have agreed to step up cooperation in all areas and push forward their all-round strategic partnership. King Salman’s tour of Asia has given a new dimension to bilateral relations with countries of the region, Arab News reported quoting some experts. The tour comes at a time when the Kingdom is working keenly to diversify its economy, having launched the ambitious Vision 2030 reform plan. Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, a senior member of the Shoura Council, said: “King Salman’s visit to the Southeast Asian countries is to sustain good relations with Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and China as well as for the benefit of the Saudi economy that will help better execute the strategic plan Vision 2030.”
The king’s landmark tour will also be beneficial to the Gulf states and the wider Islamic world, Al-Khunaizi observed. He said scores of agreements worth billions of dollars signed during the royal tour will help the Saudi economy to grow faster, and help create more jobs for Saudi graduates.
Dr. Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, a legal consultant and investment expert in Riyadh, said: “The Asian tour by the King comes at a time when the Kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy away from oil dominance and consolidate the relations of Saudi Arabia with the Muslim world around Asia.
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