Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, held a series of talks with senior European Union officials in Brussels on Tuesday; Saudi Press Agency reported.
He met with the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, at the European External Action Service, and discussed ways to develop relations between the Kingdom and the EU.
They also discussed issues of common interest; joint EU-Saudi initiatives regarding the ongoing Saudi G20 Presidency, in addition to recent regional developments; including the situations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, the Sahel, Sudan and the Horn of Africa.
Borrell said he “reiterated the EU’s intention to strengthen bilateral engagement and cooperation with Saudi Arabia via the conclusion of a Cooperation Arrangement; between the European External Action Service and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to intensify dialogue on human rights, to which the EU attaches great importance.”
They also discussed EU-Saudi cooperation on the coronavirus pandemic; in the framework of the G20 presidency, and supporting international efforts to accelerate the manufacture; and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prince Faisal; also met members of the European Political and Security Committee at the European Council headquarters in Brussels.
Ambassadors and delegates of the 27 member states attended the meeting, headed by Finnish ambassador Sofie From-Emmesberger.
During the meeting; they discussed various aspects of cooperation; as well as the programs for the G20; which will be held next month under the Kingdom’s presidency.