Tokyo, 19 July 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Japan, Kishida Fumio received a courtesy call from the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud during his visit to Japan.

Initially, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people of Saudi Arabia, on the passing of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat stated that Saudi Arabia will always stand with Japan. He also stated that he would like to further strengthen the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

In response, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for the Saudi Foreign Minister’s visit to Japan.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the letter of condolences from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe.

Prime Minister Kishida in addition stated that he looks to further expand the friendly relationship with Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister of Japan referred to Saudi Arabia as a ‘strategic partner’, under the “Japan-Saudi Vision 2030”.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his appreciation for the stable supply of crude oil from the Saudi Kingdom. The Japanese Prime Minister also requested continued cooperation in stabilizing the international crude oil market.

Likewise, Foreign Minister Faisal stated that the strategic partnership between Japan and Saudi Arabia is strong.

The Foreign Minister also expressed that he would like to continue cooperation with Japan, thus including efforts toward stabilizing the international crude oil market.

Saudi Arabia-Japan Relations

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan were established in 1955. In line with marking the beginning of bilateral visits by dignitaries of both nations, Saudi Defense and Aviation Minister Bin Abdul-Aziz visited Japan in 1960.

In addition to this, King Faisal also visited Japan in 1971. Therefore, reciprocal visits by members of the Saudi royal and Japanese imperial families and premier and cabinet-level visits have grown more frequent since the “oil crisis” of 1973.

Economically, Saudi Arabia is the most significant supplier of crude oil to Japan. As well as Japan has become Saudi Arabia’s main partner in trade and investment.

Most importantly, Japan offers technical cooperation on a project basis and accepts trainees in different sectors.

For instance in communications, broadcasting, mining, and manufacturing. Along with sending experts to the country, and offering other forms of assistance.

In conclusion, Japan considers further promoting its assistance to help raise Saudi technological levels in the future.