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Riyadh- The visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to Indonesia underpins cooperation between the two countries in the political, security and economic fields.

Eng. Shuwaimi al-Doussari, vice chairman of Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and head of Saudi commercial delegation to Indonesia, said that the purpose of the visit is to enhance commercial trade and discuss obstacles facing businessmen.

“Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have signed agreements on transferring Indonesian technology in the field of nationalization in addition to establishing medical projects and a medical training project in both countries,” Doussari told Asharq Al-Awsat via telephone.

He also stressed the remarkable economic position of both countries in terms of their GDP and their G20 membership.

Indonesian Consul General in Saudi Arabia Mohammed Heri Sharafeddine highlighted that the King’s visit has highly important political, historic and regional dimensions. He also expected trade exchange size to boost in the coming period.

King Salman arrived in Indonesia on Wednesday coming from Malaysia, on his second stop of his Asian tour.

The Indonesian Consul stated that the visit tackled political, social and cultural agreements, affirming that Jakarta is fully ready to engage in partnership with the kingdom in achieving the Saudi Vision 2030.

As he pointed out the importance of this visit, Sharafeddine hinted that Saudi Arabia is an essential state in the Islamic world for being the land of sacred sites.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Osama Mohammad Abdullah al-Shuaibi clarified that relations between Jakarta and Riyadh are historic, hailing the social, religious and commercial ties and considering the King’s visit a source of delight for Indonesia and a support for Muslims.

According to statistics provided by the Saudi ambassador, bilateral trade size reached USD6 billion in 2008. He added: “Under the framework of Indonesia’s participation in achieving Saudi Vision 2030, scientific and knowledge-based communication is being cemented between Indonesian and Saudi universities.”