RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit as part of a Mideast tour that will include stops in Egypt and Iran.
The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted the Chinese delegation upon their arrival Tuesday.
Xi will be meeting with King Salman, as well as the chiefs of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The Xinhua news agency reports Saudi Arabia is China’s biggest supplier of crude oil and that China hopes to bolster trade with Arab countries.
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Xi’s visit is the latest in a diplomatic flurry of visits to Riyadh this week, including Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday, France’s foreign minister Tuesday and the U.S. Secretary of State Saturday.