Riyadh: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Riyadh on the first leg of his Middle East trip to further enhance bilateral co-operation between Tokyo and the region.
The Japanese Premier will then head to the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman as part of a regional tour.
According to Japan Times, Abe will outline his country’s plans to send Self-Defence Forces (SDF) personnel to the region.
Abe is expected to make a trip to the historical site of Al Ula, where he will have a meeting with Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Abe last visited Saudi Arabia in 2013 when he held talks with late King Abdullah and then-Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, and signed an investment agreement between Japan and the kingdom.
Abe also visited the Kingdom in 2007 during his first term as prime minister (2006–2007), according to Arab News.