Saudi Arabia ‘wants stronger ties’ with Russia

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, right, and Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, shake hands after a news conference last summer. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia has said it is keen to build the best relations with Russia in a number of joint cooperation fields, according to the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The statements comes after talks with Mauritius Vice Prime Minister Showkatally Sodhoon.

Jubeir described Russia as an important country which is home to more than 20 million Muslims.

He said that a number of agreements have been signed between the two sides, including cooperation in the field of oil and energy and enhancement of joint investments in addition to constructive cooperation in the field of combating terrorism, noting the efforts being exerted to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

As regards the Syrian crisis, Jubeir noted that despite difference in viewpoints, the joint cooperation level would not be affected.

He confirmed that the coordination and cooperation between the two countries is continuing to narrow the gap between viewpoints on the Syrian crisis.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Aug. 1, 2016.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47