| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Saudi Arabia, Cyprus leaders conclude meeting with joint statement, greater ties

On Tuesday, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Cyprus completed an official visit with more concrete intentions to strengthen collaboration in a variety of areas, including sustainable tourism, expanding private sector contacts, and encouraging reciprocal investment prospects.

Following a formal meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, the action plan was communicated in a joint statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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With reassurances of unity from the Cypriot ruler, the two agreed on numerous concerns facing the Kingdom, including ISIS and Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis.

Both sides lauded security cooperation and coordination in recent years and stated a desire to “expand that collaboration.”

A variety of “joint projects in the domains of culture and antiquities, food and medicine, digitization, cybersecurity, and financial services” are also expected, according to the announcement.

According to SPA, more bilateral visits by governing bodies and their representatives are scheduled in the coming months, as the two countries agreed to strengthen governmental ties.

Relationships between the European Union and Saudi Arabia were also “examined,” according to the statement, and negotiations were held about “strengthening participation in the context of the European Union’s institutional framework and the Gulf Cooperation Council.”

Oil, gas, renewable energy, and hydrogen were among the topics discussed by the two leaders. They agreed to look into collaborative projects and the necessary supply chain structure in order to solidify their partnership.

  • alarabiya