Saudi king starts Gulf tour with visit to UAE

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Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man yes­ter­day ar­rived in the United Arab Emi­rates to be­gin a re­gional tour aimed at strength­en­ing re­la­tions with four neigh­bor­ing Gulf al­lies. The UAE visit will be fol­lowed by stops in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait in the days ahead. It’s his first Gulf tour since tak­ing power in Jan 2015. The seven-state Emi­rates fed­er­a­tion in­cludes the Mideast com­mer­cial hub of Dubai and the oil-rich cap­i­tal Abu Dhabi. It is the sec­ond-largest Arab econ­omy af­ter Saudi Ara­bia.

King Sal­man was wel­comed by UAE Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al-Mak­toum, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE’s of­fi­cial news agency (WAM) re­ported. An of­fi­cial re­cep­tion was held for King Sal­man at the air­port, and the Saudi na­tional an­them was played, along with a 21-gun salute, it said.

Com­ment­ing on the tour, the Saudi royal di­wan said in a state­ment the Saudi king is keen to com­mu­ni­cate with GCC lead­ers in serv­ing the GCC peo­ples and en­hanc­ing brother­hood bonds among Saudi Ara­bia and other GCC states. Dur­ing the Gulf tour, the Saudi king is ex­pected to meet GCC lead­ers and se­nior of­fi­cials to re­view re­la­tions and ways of en­hanc­ing them in all fields as well as to dis­cuss re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est, the di­wan said.

ABU DHABI: Saudi King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz (left) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE armed forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan ar­rive for a re­cep­tion at the pres­i­den­tial air­port yes­ter­day.

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