| 1 December 2023, Friday |

Saudi Arabia, South Korea boost ties with several agreements

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz met with South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol, during which they discussed bilateral relations and initiatives to strengthen collaboration in many industries.

The discussions resulted in the signing of multiple bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in a variety of disciplines.

An official reception ceremony was held in honor of the Korean President at al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

The two leaders held an extensive meeting and a session of official talks. They explored opportunities to utilize the available resources in both countries to achieve mutual benefits.

They also discussed regional and international developments and issues of common interest.

The Crown Prince and the Korean President attended the signing ceremony of several bilateral agreements and MoUs between the two countries, including a draft MoU regarding establishing the Strategic Partnership Council between the two governments.

The deals also included the Hydrogen Oasis Initiative for cooperation in green and clean hydrogen and a deal to mutually exempt holders of diplomatic, private, and official passports from short-stay visa requirements.

A joint statistical cooperation program between the General Authority for Statistics of Saudi Arabia and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) was also signed, as well as a MoU between the Saudi Food and Drug Authority and the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to strengthen cooperation in the fields of food and medical products.

The meetings were attended by Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd, Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, Minister of National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, along with several Saudi ministers and the accompanying delegation of the Korean President.

President Yoon Suk Yeol and his delegation arrived in Riyadh Saturday evening on a state visit to the Kingdom.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat