Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Thursday has begun his official visit to Saudi Arabia.
The Romanian Government head was welcomed during the night of Wednesday to Thursday on the King Khaled International Airport of Riyadh by deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Agerpres correspondent to Riyadh reported.
The visit to Saudi Arabia represents an important stage in the bilateral relations, as it is the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister since the establishment of diplomatic relations with this country, 20 years ago.
According to the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the volume of trade exchanges between Romania and Saudi Arabia last year stood at about 400 million dollars.
The Romanian community of Saudi Arabia is made up of around 450 persons, mainly Romanian women married to locals or foreigners temporarily living in the Kingdom, as well as citizens conducting their activity in this country, based on some individual contracts or contracts signed through foreign companies.
Romanian delegation to pay visits also to Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates
Romania’s Prime Minister will be touring the Arabian Gulf, April 30 – May 4, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the Government showed in a press release on Thursday.
Ponta is be accompanied by an important retinue that includes representatives of Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a parliamentary delegation.
“The main objectives of the tour are boosting political and diplomatic dialogues, deepening economic ties and diversifying sectorial dialogue. The visit will be an important stage in the development of bilateral relationships with all the four countries, as this is the first visit by a Romanian Prime Minister to Qatar and Saudi Arabia since the establishment of diplomatic ties between them and Romania, as well the first visit to the United Arab Emirates by a Romanian Prime Minister over the last 24 years (the previous visit happened in May 1991), as well as the first such visit to Kuwait over the past 12 years (the previous one was in June 2003),” the Government reports, adding that this year is the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Romania and Saudi Arabia and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Romania and Qatar.
The release also says the visit is designed to also consolidate commercial relationships, which stand great potential for growth and diversification, and draw investment from these countries to various sectors in Romania.
“Also discussed will be proposals for projects and programmes to further cooperation in various sectors, such as construction, infrastructure, agriculture, industries, energy (gas and oil), IT, tourism and healthcare. University cooperation will also feature in the conversations,” reads the release.
Part of the visit, economic progress as well as the business and investment opportunities offered by Romania will be presented, and bilateral cooperation agreements and protocols in the areas of foreign affairs, education and research, double taxation avoidance, investment protection, tourism, healthcare, air transport, oil and gas will be signed.
Regional security developments will also be tackled at the meetings, the Government release also maintains.