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Riyadh: Saudi King Salman Visit to Russia Will Strengthen Ties

25.09.2017 15:48

Saudi Arabia's King Salman al-Saudi historic visit to Russia in October will focus on deepening security and economic ties between the two countries, Riyadh's foreign minister said.

"Salman's visit to Russia will be a historic visit because it will symbolise the extent of the relationship and consultations that take place between the two countries. Our two countries are much more closely allied than some analysts... try to portray it. We are both oil producers, we are having interest in a stable oil market", Jubeir said.

Saudi Arabia is looking to increase Russian investments and strengthen security and counter-terrorism ties, he added.

He said Riyadh and Moscow share the same views on regional issues.

King Salman will stay in Moscow between 4 and 7 October last week, which will be the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Russia.

Salman is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the tour which has been touted since July.

Putin previously met King Salman – who was then Riyadh governor – when the Russian president toured Saudi Arabia in 2007.