King Salman arrived in Tunisia on Thursday on an official visit to the country. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi received the King at the presidential airport in Tunis. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and other high-ranking Tunisian officials were also among those who received the King. The visit comes as a response to an invitation by President Essebsi.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the official delegation accompanying the King includes Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, and Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will head Saudi Arabia’s delegation at the 30th Arab League summit that is scheduled to take place in Tunis on Sunday. King Salman entrusted the kingdom’s affairs to his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during his absence, in a royal order issued before leaving Saudi Arabia, SPA said.
“Relations with Saudi Arabia have reached their highest levels,” President Essebsi told Al Arabiya in an interview on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tunisia Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali said that the Kingdom and Tunisia are working together to combat the growing phenomena of terrorism and extremism. He added that the king’s visit confirmed the depth of the historic relations between the two countries.
The Tunisian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lutfi bin Qayed, said that “President Beji Caid Essebsi is looking forward to meeting King Salman and supervising together the launch of a number of development and investment projects in Tunisia,” especially in the housing, health, and infrastructure sectors, reported Arab News.
Government ministers from the 22 Arab League states are holding preparatory meetings in Tunis all week for Sunday’s summit.
There is an air of festivity in the Tunisian capital on the occasion of the visit of King Salman. The streets, roads and squares of Tunis, its buildings and institutions were adorned with the images of the Monarch, while the flags of the Kingdom flutter alongside the Tunisian flag. There are also sign boards erected along the streets welcoming the King, reported Saudi Gazette
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