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Saudi defense minister emphasizes ‘strong’ ties with UAE during visit

Prince Mohammad visited Abu Dhabi to attend the 12th International Defense Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2015

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Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz emphasized the “strong brethren” relations the kingdom enjoys with the United Arab Emirates, before leaving the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the official Saudi News Agency (SPA) reported.

Prince Mohammad visited Abu Dhabi to attend the 12th International Defense Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2015 at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the vice-president of the UAE, as well as prime minister, defense minister, and ruler of Dubai.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, Prince Mohammad, who is also chief of the Saudi Royal Court and special adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque, met with the deputy defense minister of Finland, Lt. Gen. Arto Raty. They discussed aspects of cooperation between the kingdom and Finland.

The prince also met with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. They reviewed the ties of “fruitful cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them.”

Prince Mohammad bin Salman was accompanied by Saudi Chief of General Staff Gen. Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan; Director General of Defense Minister’s Office Fahd bin Mohammad Al-Issa, and Advisor and President of Special Affairs at Defense Minister’s Office Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Rayis.

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