The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik at Neom Palace on Sunday.
Upon His Majesty the Sultan’s arrival at Neom Palace, King Salman led the welcoming party. The two leaders exchanged cordial talk and reviewed the strong relations binding the sultanate and the kingdom in light of their joint visions.
Earlier in the day, His Majesty the Sultan arrived in Neom city. Upon his arrival at Neom Bay Airport, His Majesty was received by Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
His Majesty the Sultan was accorded an official welcome ceremony. When the Royal aircraft entered the airspace of Saudi Arabia, it was escorted by warplanes from the Saudi Air Defence Force.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who led the welcoming party, greeted His Majesty the Sultan at the aircraft ladder, along with Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud al Saud, Minister of Interior and Head of the Mission of Honour.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman accompanied His Majesty the Sultan to the dais, flanked by two columns of the Guard of Honour. The Omani Royal Anthem and the Saudi National Anthem were played to the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute, while military aircraft flew over the airport quarter, in salutation to His Majesty the Sultan.
After that, His Majesty the Sultan headed to the Royal Hall, where coffee was served in the presence of the Saudi Crown Prince and top officials and dignitaries.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed the official delegation accompanying His Majesty the Sultan.
This was followed by His Majesty the Sultan, accompanied by the Saudi Crown Prince, joining a motorcade which took them to Neom Palace, escorted by motorbikes from Royal Protocols. When the motorcade arrived, cavalry lined both sides of the road in a warm welcome to His Majesty the Sultan.
The meeting was attended from the Omani side by members of the official delegation accompanying His Majesty the Sultan, including Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nu’amani, Minister of Royal Office, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, Said bin Hamoud al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, Abdulsalam bin Mohammed al Murshidi, Chairman of Oman Investment Authority, and Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said, the sultanate’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
It was attended from the Saudi side by Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud al Saud, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud, Foreign Minister, Dr Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban, Minister of State and member of the Council of Ministers, and Dr Majid bin Abdullah al Qasabi, Minister of Commerce.
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik conferred the Al Said Order, considered the highest order of Oman, on King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, while the Saudi monarch conferred on His Majesty the Sultan the Order of King Abdulaziz, the highest Saudi order of merit granted to monarchs and heads of state.
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