Monday, February 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman begins six-nation Asian tour

The Japan Times - February 26, 2017 

RIYADH – Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud arrived in Malaysia on Sunday, kicking off a multination tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia.  The official Saudi Press Agency reported Sunday that the monarch’s tour will also take in Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives. Salman will also visit Saudi Arabia’s neighbor, Jordan, before returning home.  OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter, with much of its crude destined for customers in Asia.  The kingdom is eager to attract investment as it diversifies its economy, including for its upcoming initial public offering of part of state oil giant Saudi Aramco.