2007 News Story

Iranian president pays first official visit to Saudi Arabia

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad arrived in Riyadh today for his first official visit to Saudi Arabia. The president was personally welcomed at Riyadh Airbase by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and a number of princes and officials. King Abdullah also held a state dinner tonight in honor of the Iranian president.

The Saudi Ambassador to Iran, Osama Al-Sanousi, highlighted the importance of President Ahmedinejad’s visit in an interview with the Saudi Gazette today.

“Crucial regional developments necessitate consultation and coordination between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two heavyweights in the region,” Al-Sanousi told the Saudi Gazette.

In remarks to the Saudi Press Agency, Iranian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Husseini also characterized the visit as an important one that will further enhance the good relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The Saudi-Iranian talks are expected to focus on enhancing political, economic, trade and security cooperation between the two countries. The talks are also expected to address a number of regional crises, including developments in Iraq, efforts to stop the bloodshed in Lebanon and the situation in Palestine after the Makkah Agreement, the Saudi Gazette reported.