Saudi Arabia, Germany agree to turn page after diplomatic row

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, which included his intention to work towards strengthening the bilateral ties and enhancing cooperation in all areas between the Kingdom and Germany.

“In recent months, our relations have witnessed a misunderstanding which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we sincerely regret this,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said alongside his Saudi counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir.

“We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings between Germany and the kingdom,” he said.

Jubeir said he welcomed Maas' statement and invited him to the kingdom to intensify their ties.

The Kingdom affirmed the deep strategic ties it enjoys with the Federal Republic of Germany, as it is a historic and important relationship for both countries. The Kingdom and Germany play a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy.

His Excellency Adel Al-Jubeir extended an invitation to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both countries.

“Saudi Arabia is a country that plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the kingdom even stronger than before,” Maas said.

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