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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:26

International efforts to resolve crises in the Middle East

There is an urgent need to intensify international efforts to resolve crises in the Middle East, including the Palestinian cause and the Syrian and Yemeni wars said Saudi King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

 

The crises have affected negatively the region’s stability and development, impeding the growth of international trade and threatening energy supplies, added King Salman in his visit to Japan.

King Salman made his remarks as he met with Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, to discuss a wide range of topics. The king and Abe focused on ways to further strengthen strategic as well as economic bilateral ties.

Saudi Arabia and Japan agreed on a “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030” plan to bolster bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Abe and King Salman agreed to advance a new economic collaboration programme on Saudi Vision 2030, said Setsuo Ohmori, charge d’affaires at the Japanese Embassy.

He added that the two sides also agreed to launch a feasibility study on setting up special economic zones in the Kingdom to attract Japanese investments by easing regulations and customs procedures.

Ohmori said Abe has sought the king’s support for the listing of Saudi Aramco on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and added that scores of bilateral agreements were signed on Monday.

Abe said he welcomed the visit, considering it “historical and aimed at developing and enhancing relations and achieving more partnership and investments between the two friendly countries".

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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