Saudi Arabia keen on building strategic partnership with S. Africa – FM

RIYADH, March 27 (KUNA) — Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir underlined importance of enhancing ties with South Africa, describing relations as concrete, and both sides keen on building strategic relations in all fields, mostly in economy and investment.
Al-Jubeir, in a joint press conference with South Africa counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, described their talks as positive, fruitful, and covered regional and international development, namely the Palestinian issue.
The minister added talks also highlighted ways to improve cooperation in the agriculture, renewable energy, health, commercial and investment fields, noting that improvement on these areas will eventually benefit mutual interests and people of both countries.
The two ministers also delved into developments in the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva principles and in Yemen based on UN Security Council resolution 2216.
In response to a question on Iran, Al-Jubeir called on Iran to respect the sovereignty of all countries, put an end to meddling into countries’ internal affairs, and to stop supporting terrorism.
The minister asserted as well on the importance of combining international efforts to combating terrorism and to improve cooperation with all countries in this regard.
Meanwhile, Saudi King Salman expressed wishes that international efforts would result in ending the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva I decisions, and an end to the Yemen crisis through consultations sponsored by the UN and based on the UN resolution 2216.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the king made his remarks after holding official talks with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
King Salman hailed close ties binding the two countries and their peoples in various fields, particularly in political, economic and military fields. King Salman also said that South Africa is one of the major trading partners of Saudi Arabia.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques appreciated the care given by South Africa to the region’s issues, particularly its stances towards the Palestinian cause.
“We stressed the importance of continued cooperation and consultation on international and regional issues, particularly the reforms in the United Nations Organization and the fight against terrorism and extremism,” King Salman said.
Regarding the Syrian crisis, the Saudi monarch said “we hope that international efforts will resolve the crisis in accordance with Geneva I decisions. In Yemen, we hope that peace and security are achieved, and that Yemeni-Yemeni consultations sponsored by the United Nations will achieve a political solution based on UN Security Council resolution No. 2216.” (end) od.mb