Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, arrived in Tokyo today for a three-day state visit to Japan. He was welcomed at Tokyo Airport by Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, former Premier and Chief Advisor for Foreign Affairs Ryutaro Hashimoto and a number of senior officials. Crown Prince Abdullah is accompanied by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and a number of princes, advisors, and senior officials.
Crown Prince Abdullah later met with Premier Keizo Obuchi, who welcomed the delegation and highlighted the strong relations that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan. An official meeting was then held under the co-chairmanship of Crown Prince Abdullah and Premier Obuchi, which covered a number of topics including the peace process in the Middle East. The Crown Prince also held talks with Crown Prince Naruhito, reviewing issues of mutual interest.
At the end of the meetings, a joint declaration was issued on cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Japan into the 21st century. The declaration stated that Crown Prince Abdullah and Premier Obuchi, reviewing Saudi-Japanese relations and the future of bilateral relations into the next century, emphasized the friendly relations between the two countries and expressed their desire to work to further enhance these relations through political dialogue as well as the establishment of wide-ranging economic measures for boosting commercial exchange and investment. The two sides reiterated their desire to widen the scope of cooperation in the field of political dialogue, aimed at enhancing security and peace in the Gulf Region and the Middle East.
Concerning the Middle East peace process, the two sides underscored the importance of realizing a comprehensive, just and durable peace on the basis of the UN resolutions and the land-for-peace principle, and urged adherence to the articles of the agreements and avoidance of unilateral action. They condemned the phenomenon of terrorism, saying combating it should be done through unified international effort. The two sides reiterated the importance of ongoing efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East and the Gulf Region.
The two sides underlined the importance of the UN's role in enhancing peace, stability and prosperity throughout the world. They also underscored the important role being played by the private sector in promoting economic relations between the two countries. Concerning stabilization of the oil market, Japan expressed appreciation of the significant place occupied by Saudi Arabia in this respect in its capacity as a reliable source for petroleum supplies.