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Kingdom Strengthens Diplomatic Relations with Mali, Burkina Faso

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud promoted the Kingdom’s diplomatic relations with African countries, especially Mali and Burkina Faso.

These efforts are part of a broader strategy to enhance cooperation and mutual understanding with countries across the African continent.

Saudi Arabia’s Outreach to Mali

Recently, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zeini Moulaye, in Riyadh.

This meeting underscored the commitment of both nations to strengthen their bilateral relations.

Discussions focused on mutual interests and regional and international issues.

Notably, Prince Faisal bestowed the Order of King Abdul Aziz with Distinguished First Class upon Moulaye, recognizing his contributions to bolstering ties between the two countries.

Additionally, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Mali’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, aiming to promote Islamic teachings based on moderation and balance​​.

King Salman’s Interaction with Burkina Faso

King Salman received a written message from Transitional President Ibrahim Traore of Burkina Faso, emphasizing the desire to improve coordination on matters of mutual interest.

This interaction is part of a long-standing relationship that dates back to the 1970s when Burkina Faso and Saudi Arabia first established formal ties.

The opening of the Saudi embassy in Ouagadougou in 2002 was a significant step in solidifying this partnership​​​​.

During a meeting between Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Apollinaire Kyélèm de Tambèla and Saudi Ambassador Fahad Aldosari, discussions focused on enhancing the already strong relationship between the two nations.

Ambassador Aldosari highlighted various Saudi projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Burkina Faso and expressed the Kingdom’s commitment to support Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism​​​​.

United Front Against Security Threats

Both Mali and Burkina Faso face significant security challenges, particularly in the context of terrorism in the Sahel region.

Saudi Arabia has pledged unwavering solidarity with these nations, reaffirming their dedication to collaborating on security issues.

This collaboration does not only serve mutual interests but also presents a united front against security threats in the region​​.

Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic overtures towards Mali and Burkina Faso are part of a larger strategy to establish strong ties with African nations.

These efforts highlight the Kingdom’s commitment to fostering growth, stability, and security in the region.

Through these engagements, Saudi Arabia continues to play a crucial role in addressing regional challenges and promoting peace and cooperation.

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