Saudi leadership meets with Chinese vice president

June 21, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the royal palace in Jeddah today. The vice president arrived in Jeddah earlier today for an official visit to the Kingdom.

During their meeting, King Abdullah and Vice President Xi discussed Saudi-Sino cooperation as well as a number of international issues of mutual interest, including the agenda for tomorrow’s oil summit in Jeddah.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz held a separate meeting with Vice President Xi to discuss bilateral relations and international issues, in particular the Palestinian situation.

During the meeting, the Crown Prince highlighted the strength of Saudi-Sino relations and expressed confidence that the vice president’s visit would boost cooperation between the two countries. He also welcomed China’s support for peace efforts in the region.

In turn, Xi thanked Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian assistance following the devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan Province last month.

Several bilateral agreements were signed today, including a joint statement on strategic cooperation and an agreement on infrastructure cooperation.

While in the Kingdom, Vice President Xi will attend the Jeddah oil summit as well as the China-Saudi Arabia Economic and Trade Seminar.

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