Eritrean President meets Saudi King

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, who arrived Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today met with Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The two sides discuss enhancement of bilateral ties and other matters of mutual importance including regional political and economic cooperation. During the meeting King Salman stressed the long-standing relations and vital common interests between the two countries and the readiness of Saudi Arabia to strengthen mutual cooperation, according to the information from the Information Minister of Eritrea, Yemane G. Meskel.

“King Salman also applauded Eritrea’s role for peace & regional cooperation in the Horn of Africa & the Red Sea. President Isaias Afwerki on his part thanked King Salman & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their solidarity with Eritrea and added that Saudi Arabia and the countries of the region have primary responsibility for peace and development of the neighborhood,” Mr. Yemane twitted.

President Isais is visiting Saudi on the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. President Isaias Afwerki departed to Riyadh at 8:00 am this morning for a three-day official visit to the Kingdom.

Following the restoration of peace with its neighbor, Ethiopia, the Government of Eritrea has been engaged in major economic activities including ports and other infrastructure developments, among others. During an interview he made with the state media last week, President Isaias indicated that prioritized development projects for 2020 take into account broader regional cooperation frameworks that are being nurtured. They include: rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of Massawa and Assab ports as well as main road arteries; solar energy as well as Tio Cement Factory and potash mining.