Saudi Arabia, Switzerland to promote high-level political consultations

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia and the Swistzerland reaffirmed their determination to promote high-level political consultations in all fields, including human rights, and contribute to peace, stability and security in the Middle East region and beyond.

At the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Swiss President Ueli Maurer paid a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia during which both sides reviewed bilateral ties.

Both sides agreed to promote cooperation in all fields and exchanged points of view on wide-range regional and international issues of common interest, according to a joint communique carried by SPA at the end of Maurer’s visit on Tuesday.

“They agreed to intensify contacts and cooperation between government officials and the private sector, in both countries, with a view to deepening and expanding bilateral economic and trade relations and encouraging the private sector and small and medium enterprises, in both countries, to invest and explore opportunities within the ambitious vision of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.

“The two sides welcomed the cooperation between the two countries, in the scientific, cultural, health, tourism, environmental, technological and technical sectors, which would contribute significantly to boosting the economic partnership between the two countries and pushing their relations to broader horizons.

“In this context, the two sides stressed the need to continue regular bilateral financial dialogue and activate cooperation within the framework of the Saudi-Swiss Joint Economic Committee,” the statement pointed out.

“The two sides discussed issues of international peace and security, including extremism and terrorism.

“In the framework of constructive spirit of the meetings, political issues in the Middle East and the world were reviewed. “The Saudi side appreciated the condemnation of the Swiss government and disapproval of the sabotage attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais,” the statement noted.

“The two sides stressed the importance of regular dialogue on humanitarian assistance, development cooperation and transfer of knowledge and potentials, in these fields.

“In the field of international humanitarian law, the two sides agreed to promote regular exchange of views, on the best practices to promote international humanitarian law and to exchange experiences with national bodies, concerned with international humanitarian law, in the two countries,” the statement added.

During his stay, President Maurer participated in the Forum for the Future of Investment Initiative, being held here between October 28 and 30.

Source: Kuwait News Agency