Riyadh, 29 October 2022 (TDI): A virtual meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi, and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, on Friday.

This meeting was the 4th edition of the political and foreign affairs committee. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Foreign Minister and Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia as well.

In the meeting, the two counterparts deliberated upon the growing relations between countries and discussed strategies for strengthening their cooperation in the future.

In this regard, both officials signed an executive work program of the political affairs committee. Both countries have relied on each other in the past, economically as well as politically.

While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has relied on weapon supply by China; China is meeting its demand for oil from the KSA. The strategic relationship between both countries is only getting cordial and warmer.

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Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that China was looking forward to enhancing cooperation, on multilateral platforms like G20, BRICS, and United Nations, with Saudi Arabia.

He has also agreed to extend negotiations on current issues of the Middle East with the Saudi government. The two sides discussed supporting each other in the global oil market and agreed to work together on energy security.

It is pertinent to note that the discussion was a follow-up of the event where the USA reproached Saudi Arabia after OPEC+, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, cut the oil output, against the wishes of America.

However, Saudi Arabia declared the move to be purely economic in nature. While extending support to Saudi Arabia, China appreciates the attempts of Saudi Arabia for stabilizing the global international energy market.

In the end, both Foreign Ministers discussed the possibility of using Saudi Arabia as a future hub for Chinese manufacturers.