King Salman, Chinese President hold talks

RIYADH, 19th January, 2016 (WAM)-- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held official talks session at Al-Yamamah Palace here today with President Xi Jinping of China, Saudi Press Agency has reported. 

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques delivered a speech in which he welcomed President Xi and the accompanying delegation, describing the friendly relations between the two countries as witnessing a steady growth during the past 25 years.

"I recall my visit to your friendly country in March 2014. During that visit, we held fruitful meetings that were reflected on joint cooperation in various fields. Your Excellency's visit today enhances this cooperation and friendship between the two countries and peoples," the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China are seeking together for stability and promoting peace and security in the world. We appreciate Your Excellency's efforts in this regard, King Salman said.

"The challenges facing the world, particularly terrorism, require the international community to unite in countering it. The international community should emphasise the principles established by the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the non-interference in the internal affairs of States as well as the respect of their sovereignty so that security and peace prevail among States, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.

"I am confident that our discussions today will be in the interest of our two countries, and will enhance efforts being made to bring peace to the region," King Salman said.

For his part, the Chinese President expressed thanks for the warm reception and hospitality, stressing China's keenness on strengthening the partnership between the two countries in addition to continuing the development of bilateral relations. He also commended the measures taken by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to stimulate the development in the Kingdom.

Then, the two sides discussed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two countries and the latest developments at the regional and international arenas.

With presence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President XI Jinping of the People's Republic of China, 14 agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the People's Republic of China.

Before signing ceremony of agreements and memoranda of understanding, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques decorated the President of China with King Abdulaziz Necklace, which is the highest and most prestigious medal in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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