Felipe VI arrives in Riyadh to relaunch relations with the Saudi regime
The trip, delayed twice, also seeks to support Spanish business interests in the country
The King has landed this Saturday in Saudi Arabia on a postponed visit twice, in order to strengthen ties with the Saudi regime and help Spanish companies to get new business projects.
The central objective of Philip VI's three-day visit to the rich oil monarchy lies essentially in strengthening bilateral relations and supporting Spanish companies with projects underway in the Saudi kingdom or aspiring to achieve Bidding within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030 plan. The presence of the King in Riyadh will serve to unblock a contract of more than 2,000 million so that the shipyards of Navantia constructs five corvettes for the navy of that country. Although the order heading is not expected to occur during those days, there is confidence that it will accelerate this process. In addition, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a turning point in which it is trying to diversify its investments and its economy based on the extraction of petroleum, an activity, according to the experts, called to the extinction in little more than eighty years.
Including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, and Fomento, Inigo Gomez de la Serna, who will address with his Saudi counterpart the problems encountered in the construction of the AVE to Mecca by a Spanish business consortium.
Audience with King Salman
The governor of Riyadh, Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz al Saud, one of King Salman's nephews, has been in charge of receiving the King along with the Spanish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Joaquin Perez Villanueva. After the formal greetings, the Monarch and the governor have held a brief meeting at the airport's royal pavilion.
The agenda of Felipe VI will open tomorrow with a meeting with the Spanish community residing in the country and, later, is scheduled the official reception in the palace of King Salman to which will follow an official lunch and a meeting between the two monarchs. The head of the Spanish state plans to meet with other authorities, including Finance Minister Mohamed al-Yadan. The first day will conclude with a reception by the governor of Riyadh.
Following political contacts, an economic forum will be held on Monday at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, which will be attended by about thirty Spanish companies and representatives of the bosses of the CEOE.
Reinforce your external agenda
Saudi Arabia is the first official trip abroad in 2017 of the head of state, which opens a year in which the kings seek to strengthen their international agenda, once the political situation has been channeled after 2016 in which the institutional activity is Was affected by the interim government.
During the last ten months, visits to the United Kingdom, Japan and South Korea were canceled, which are still not on the agenda. In the British case, there is a willingness on both sides to resume the official trip as soon as possible. The difficulty is that Isabel II only receives two visits of that rank per year, so the possibility of reprogramming it in the coming months has yet to be confirmed.
In addition to the United Kingdom, among these possible destinations is Morocco, a country to which Don Felipe and Dona Letizia moved a few weeks after the relay on the throne within the presentation tour by the three countries neighboring Spain. Among the exits that are yet to be closed is the traditional trip of cooperation that the Queen, a custom that began Dona Sofia and in which his successor was released in 2015 in Honduras and El Salvador.http://www.elnortedecasti...do-20170113193226-rc.html