President Isaias Afwerki Arrives in Saudi Arabia for Working Visit


“President Isaias Afwerki and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met today at the Royal Palace in Jeddah for a broad exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues of mutual importance” – Gov’t Spokesman


President Isaias Afwerki pays a working visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.  Upon arrival at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport on Monday (23), the President was warmly welcomed by Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Qattan, and a number of officials. 

During the course of his two-day visit, the President will have a broad discussion with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz on ways to develop bilateral relations.

Following their meeting, King Salman throw a luncheon party in honor of President Isaias.

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Advisor Yemane Ghebreab also accompanied the President.

The reception party and the banquet were attended by:

  • Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region;
  • Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Mohammed;
  • Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah Province;
  • Prince Dr. Abdulaziz bin Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques;
  • Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz;
  • Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior;
  • Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Makkah Region;
  • Prince Saud bin Salman bin Abdulaziz;
  • Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the Royal Court;
  • and other ministers.

AFP citing a diplomatic source in the capital Riyadh reported that President Isaias’ is coming to Jeddah with a ‘mission’ to bring more Saudi investments to his country and meet with many Saudi officials.

This visit to the Kingdom comes a few days after his landmark visit to Ethiopia in 22 years, that effectively ended the state of war between the two countries.