Japanese PM arrives in Saudi Arabia on first leg of Gulf tour

King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia received in Riyadh on Sunday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The King hosted a luncheon banquet in honor of his guest, who is on a tour to the region.

Abe, who had arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday, left Riyadh on Sunday heading to Al-Ula.

At Al-Ula the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe met with His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia.

The Japanese Prime Minister was greeted upon his arrival at the winter camp by princes, ministers and the folk band that presented artistic displays of folklore held on occasions in Saudi Arabia in the past.

During their meeting in the tent, the Japanese Prime Minister learned about the authentic Saudi heritage and culture.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials from both sides.

After the meeting, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and the Japanese Prime Minister held an official discussion session during which talks were exchanged on bilateral relations, especially in the economic, commercial, investment and cultural fields, including aspects of cooperation in accordance with the Saudi-Japanese vision 2030, along with a review of views on a number of regional and international issues.

During his five-day tour, Abe will also visit the United Arab Emirates and Oman, where a new ruler was sworn in on Saturday following the death of modern day Oman’s founding father Sultan Qaboos.