King Salman receives Prince Charles in Riyadh
King Salman and Prince Charles exchanged cordial talks and reviewed bilateral relations
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Tuesday Britain’s Prince Charles, who is on a six-day tour of the Middle East.
King Salman and the Prince of Wales exchanged cordial talks and reviewed bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom during a meeting at the King’s palace in Riyadh, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Upon his arrival earlier today, Prince Charles was received by Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz.
They both held a meeting where they reviewed overall regional and international developments, the state-run agency added.
The meeting was also attended by other senior Saudi officials, including Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the minister of National Guard.
Prince Charles has already visited Jordan and Kuwait and is expected to visit Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Edwin Samuel, UK Government Arabic media spokesperson, told Al Arabiya News in translated comments said: "An official visit from the Prince of Wales on behalf of the Queen and the British Government to any region is the one of the highest levels of symbolic commitment to relationships with countries abroad for the UK."
He said the prince is seeking to "to show the UK's continuing commitment to these relationships and the region at this time when we face together shared challenges."
“But the overriding message from this visit must be that we in the UK stand by our friends in tough times. The ties of the UK to the region are more than political, security and commercial. They go deeper than that. It is often forgotten that we in the UK have over 3 million Muslim citizens and strong ties to this region (150000 British citizens live in the Gulf alone). And our largest ever humanitarian operation is taking place to help Syrian refugees (worth over 1bn USD).The Prince is here to symbolize that we care," Samuel added.