Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Mauritania first by a Saudi leader in 46 years

December 3, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Nouakchott, Mauritania – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, arrived on Sunday in Mauritania, resuming a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina.

He was received upon his arrival at Nouakchott airport by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and several senior officials.

Before attending the G20 summit, the Crown Prince visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Tunisia.

Prince Mohammed is the first Saudi Crown Prince to visit Mauritania. No senior Saudi official has visited the country since the visit by the late King Faisal during the 70’s.

Mauritanian Information Minister Sidi Mohamed Ould Maham was quoted as saying that Crown Prince Mohammed’s visit reflects the strength of ties between Riyadh and Nouakchott. Our people share a long history. Prince Mohammed is the most senior Saudi official to visit Mauritania since late King Faisal in 1972, he said.

The people of the two countries are bound by ties of blood, religion, and history, he continued.

In Mauritania, civil society groups welcomed Prince Mohammed’s upcoming visit, deeming it historic for ties between the two countries.

The local media in Mauritania said Crown Prince Mohammed’s visit will strengthen the ties between the two countries and support Mauritania, especially since the Saudi-Mauritanian relations are considered to be fraternal and solid.

These relations have continuously been strengthened thanks to the efforts of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the will of the two countries’ governments.

After Mauritania, the Crown Prince is due to visit Algeria.

The visit is aimed at bolstering the unique ties enjoyed between Algiers and Riyadh, the Algerian presidency said.

Trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and Algeria amounts to $619 million. Saudi investments in the North African country have reached $3 billion.

Source: International Islamic News Agency