By Arab News
Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Salman held talks in Madrid with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Morenes on strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.
“I am very happy to visit Spain. It comes following your visit to Saudi Arabia last month in order to complete our discussions during the last meeting,” Prince Salman told the Spanish minister.
Prince Salman, who arrived here Wednesday at the head of a high-level delegation, expressed his hope that the meeting would have good results benefiting the two countries and their people.
Earlier, Morenes welcomed Prince Salman and his accompanying delegation and wished them a happy stay in Spain. “The visit of Prince Salman reflects the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Spain.”
The Spanish defense minister thanked Prince Salman and Saudi authorities for giving him a warm welcome when he visited Saudi Arabia recently.
The meeting was attended by Prince Mansour bin Khaled, Saudi ambassador to Madrid, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, special adviser, and Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Binayan, director general of Prince Salman’s office.
Earlier on arrival at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry, Prince Salman was greeted by Morenes and senior commanders. He was also given an official welcome as he, accompanied by Morenes, inspected a guard of honor.
Prince Salman later met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and discussed major regional and international issues. They also explored ways of strengthening bilateral ties.
The talks were attended by Prince Mansour, Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Gen. Al-Binayan.
Prince Salman later visited the command of land forces in Spain where he was greeted by Morenes and senior military officers. Morenes hosted a luncheon in honor of Prince Salman.