Saudi Crown Prince cancels scheduled trip to Japan: Bloomberg
Bloomberg reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s trip to Japan, scheduled for the weekend, had been canceled without giving a reason.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a trip between Saturday and Monday, according to TBS TV channel.
Bloomberg indicated that the reason for canceling the visit, which was the first for Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Japan in nearly three years, was not disclosed.
The Japan External Trade Organization had asked the Saudi Ministry of Investment to cancel the Vision 2030 business forum scheduled for November 21. This was after the Saudi delegation canceled its visit.
An official in the organization that was responsible for organizing the event stated that Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih was among the delegation that was scheduled to participate in the forum, without giving further details.
Japan is one of the most influential economic partners of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is because the volume of goods traded between them reached nearly $34 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Kingdom is the largest supplier of crude oil to Japan, supplying about one million barrels per day.