President Isaias on official visit to Saudi Arabia

President Isaias Afwerki and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saudi met today at the Royal Palace in Jeddah for a broad exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues of mutual importance.

At the meeting King Salman stated that Saudi Arabia values its friendship with Eritrea and is determined to further develop ties in the political, economic, security fields, and enhance trade/investment links. He also applauded the courage and wisdom of the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia to end war and forge peace.

President Isaias on his part praised the transformation that is taking place in the Kingdom as well as its regional leadership role.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebreab, and Mr. Amin Hassen, from the Office of the President, on the Eritrean side and by Advisors of the King of Saudi Arabia and other Ministers and Administrators on the Saudi Arabia side.

President Isaias left for Saudi Arabia to day, 23 July at an invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.

Upon arrival at the King Abduaziz International Airport, President Isaias was received by Prince Mishaal bin Magid bin Abdul-Aziz, Governor of Jeddah and Mr. Ahmed Qattan, Minister of State for African Affairs, and other officials of the Kingdom.

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz also hosted state lunch in honor of President Isaias Afwerki and his delegation.