Halimah Yacob makes Singapore’s first state visit to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Ki1ng Salman bin Abdul-Aziz holds discussion with Halimah Yacob, president of Singapore

In her first visit to Saudi Arabia, Singapore president holds talks in Riyadh

President of the Republic of Singapore Halimah Yacob arrived in Riyadh last night on the first official visit of a Singaporean president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

Prior to the talks, King Salman handed over Yacob King Abdul-Aziz’s necklace.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a session of official talks with President of Singapore, Halimah Yacob

Later, they discussed the development of relations between Saudi Arabia and Singapore, opportunities for enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all fields, as well as a number of issues of common interest.

Halimah Yacob in Medina

During her visit, Yacob will attend a reception with Singaporeans residing in Saudi Arabia. She will also visit historical, cultural and religious sites in Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah.

A business delegation organized by the Singapore Business Federation and Enterprise Singapore will visit Saudi Arabia in conjunction with the state visit.

In her second state to Kuwait, Yacob called on on Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and had meetings with several senior Kuwaiti leaders. Emir Sheikh Sabah also hosted a banquet for the Singaporean president.

During her trip, Yacob also met with Singaporean students studying in Kuwait and visit the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre.

Yacob’s accompanying group also included Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs; Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry; Members of Parliament Ms. Foo Mee Har and Ms. Joan Pereira, as well as officials from the President’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources.