King Abdullah holds talks with Chinese President

February 11, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao co-chaired an official round of talks between Saudi and Chinese officials in Riyadh yesterday evening.

 

Opening the session, King Abdullah expressed his keenness to promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, noting that his first official visit abroad after assuming the Saudi throne was to China.

The King and President Hu also discussed developments in the Middle East, agreeing upon the importance of achieving a fair and comprehensive peace settlement that will establish an independent and viable Palestinian state.

Following a second day of talks today, a number of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed by Saudi and Chinese officials.

The agreements included a contract with China’s Company for Building Railways for the construction of the Holy Places train project; an MoU between the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) and the Chinese State General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine; and an MoU between the King Abdulaziz Public Library and Beijing University on the establishment of a branch of the Library at the University.

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