Riyadh – Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense will arrive Tuesday in Moscow where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral cooperation in various fields, in addition to Syria and Iran.
Also during his visit, the Deputy Crown Prince will sign a number of cooperation protocols between the two countries.
“The visit of Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Moscow is very important in its timing, because it comes after the visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia as his first official trip overseas, and what accompanied this visit, including the Gulf-US Summit and the Arab-Islamic-US Summit,” Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdurrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rossi told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday.
Al-Rossi said there is a mutual desire to enhance cooperation between Riyadh and Moscow on all levels, and in line with the vision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Putin to achieve the benefit of both people and to strengthen security and stability in the region.
The Saudi Ambassador also uncovered that several Saudi officials had lately visited Russia to enhance relations between both countries.
The latest visit was made by advisor to the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, who was in Moscow to further develop the Russian-Saudi cooperation, particularly in humanitarian relief and other issues of mutual interest. The advisor had also informed the Russian officials about the Saudi efforts in the humanitarian work and the Saudi plans implemented in a number of disaster areas around the world, particularly in Yemen and Syria.
The meeting between Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Putin also comes following the meeting of Putin with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, during which both men had mainly tackled the crisis in Syria.