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Ian Borg holds trade talks in Saudi Arabia

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Foreign Minister Ian Borg was in Saudi Arabia on Sunday as he continues his tour of the Middle East.

After visiting the United Arab Emirates, Borg then stopped in Saudi Arabia where he met Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Kingdom’s foreign minister. The two men had recently met in Malta, when Borg accepted an official invitation to visit the country.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is often criticized by human rights groups, particularly after the horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a team of Saudi agents in October 2018.

Since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler in 2017, citizens have endured the worst period of repression in modern history, with authorities making frequent arrests targeting political dissidents, intellectuals public and human rights activists.

During his visit, Borg had a number of official meetings, including with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, with the Maltese Foreign Minister saying these were a follow-up to the points of collaboration agreed in Malta few months ago. .

The two ministers discussed strengthening commercial collaboration between the two countries, Borg accompanied by a Maltese business delegation led by Trade Malta.

The business delegation met with the Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce, and a number of meetings took place between several Maltese companies and those in Saudi Arabia to establish a relationship that could eventually open up more possibilities for business opportunities.

“I hope that in the near future we can listen and announce plans to strengthen collaboration with this country,” Borg said, while reiterating the Maltese government’s commitment to continue to help Maltese businesses open up more. of opportunities.

Borg also had a meeting with Adel Al-Jubeir, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and was also shown around the sites known as Al-Ula and Diriyah.

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