Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at the royal palace in the capital Riyadh.
President Xi said he was glad to visit Saudi Arabia again after six years and could still recall his last visit vividly. He expressed his pleasure at seeing the important consensus they reached back then on developing China-Saudi Arabia relations being translated into concrete cooperation.
President Xi noted that China-Saudi Arabia cooperation enjoys broad prospects. China sees Saudi Arabia as an important force in the multipolar world and attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia.
China stands ready to further strengthen strategic communication and deepen cooperation across the board with Saudi Arabia to deliver for the development interests of the two countries and safeguard world peace and stability, Xi said.
King Salman extended his warm welcome to President Xi upon visiting Saudi Arabia again and said President Xi’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016 was truly memorable.
China and Saudi Arabia have made excellent progress in creating synergy between strategies and conducting bilateral cooperation in various fields in recent years. The two sides have reached important common understandings on many issues and China’s interests are Saudi Arabia’s interests as well.
King Salman said he highly values relations with China and is ready to work with President Xi to advance Saudi Arabia’s comprehensive strategic partnership with China and deliver more benefits to both peoples. The bilateral ties between the two countries are also conducive to regional and global peace, stability and tranquility.
The two heads of state co-signed in person the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and agreed to take turns hosting biennial meetings between the heads of state of the two countries.