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Saudi Crown Prince Resumes Arab Tour with Historic Mauritania Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Resumes Arab Tour with Historic Mauritania Visit

Sunday, 2 December, 2018 - 11:45
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman departs Mauritania. (SPA)
Nouakchott, Algiers, Buenos Aires – Al-Sheikh Mohammed and Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, arrived in Mauritania on Sunday as part of his ongoing Arab tour.

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

The two leaders then held bilateral talks at the presidential palace in the capital before holding an expanded meeting with delegations from both countries. Discussions focused on bilateral relations and ways of improving them, as well as the latest regional developments.

The two sides also signed an agreement and two memorandums of understanding on combating tax evasion.

In addition, Saudi Information Minister Dr. Awwad al-Awwad revealed that the Kingdom will construct the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Mauritania, which will be the largest hospital in the country.

The facility will house 300 beds and will include an emergency room, ambulance service, surgical units, clinics, dialysis services, a maternity ward and other departments.

Mauritanian officials stated that the hospital will mark a “qualitative shift” in health services in the country.

Moreover, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered the renovation of the King Faisal mosque, which was built in Nouakchott in the 1970s in wake of the late monarch’s visit. The mosque is the largest in the country.

Prince Mohammed and the Mauritanian president said that their discussions also covered the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stressing the Palestinian right to establish their own state according to the 1967 border.

On Yemen, they underscored the political solution to its crisis based on United Nations Security Council 2216, the Gulf initiative and the national dialogue outcomes.

The Mauritanian president condemned any threat against Saudi Arabia, slamming the ballistic attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen against the Kingdom.

He also hailed the massive efforts it is exerting in easing the suffering of the Yemeni people and preserving the stability and security of the region.

Furthermore, he condemned the media campaign against Saudi Arabia that is aimed at tarnishing its image.

Prince Mohammed presented his host with an invitation from King Salman to visit the Kingdom in “the near future.”

A date for the visit will be planned by through the concerned diplomatic channels.

Prince Mohammed then departed Mauritania to Algeria.

Mauritania was the fifth stop in an Arab tour he had kicked off in the United Arab Emirates in late November.

He then traveled to Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

After a stop at the G20 summit in Argentina, Prince Mohammed resumed his tour Sunday by traveling to Mauritania.

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