PETALING JAYA: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has held a number of meetings with officials in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm bilateral defence ties.
Hishammuddin, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on June 30, met with the country’s First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef.
He also met with the country’s Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and was granted an audience with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
“This working visit augurs well for bilateral relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia as it will help boost efforts to further enhance and strengthen existing bilateral relations and cooperation between both countries,” said Hishammuddin.
During his audience with the King, Hishammuddin discussed issues of strategic importance to both countries as well as current and emerging global security trends.
He also added that he and Prince Muhammad explored ways to boost bilateral relations in all fields.
Hishammuddin, in his meeting with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reaffirmed the strong ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia in the area of defence.
“It is our great hope that these strong ties, built on equal partnership and mutual trust, will lead to mutual benefits for both our nations especially in terms of maintaining regional peace and stability,” he said.
Hishammuddin is scheduled to perform the umrah before returning tomorrow.