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Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia agree to establish diplomatic relations

NEW YORK — Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe have signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations as the two countries aim to strengthen bilateral relations.

The agreement was signed here by Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah Bin Yahya Al-Muallami and representative of Zimbabwe to the UN Frederick Musewa Makamura Shava.

Speaking on the occasion, the two ambassadors emphasized that the agreement reflects the keenness of governments of both countries to strengthen relations and expand horizons of cooperation between them and to support issues of security and peace in the world based on the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

The two ambassadors said in a statement: “The signing of the agreement is motivated by the keenness of the two countries’ governments to strengthen relations and expand the horizons of cooperation between them.” 

The statement said the agreement was also signed in support of security and peace in the world, based on the provisions of the Agreement on Diplomatic Relations and Immunities signed in Vienna on April 18, 1961.

Ambassador Abdullah Al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and Frederick Makamure Shava, representative of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the UN, signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations in a ceremony held in New York on Thursday. — SPA photo

The two ambassadors also reaffirmed that the agreement aims to “consolidate fruitful cooperation and establish the best bilateral relations and friendly ties in various fields.”

The agreement comes after the recent visit of Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Countries Affairs Ahmed Kattan to Zimbabwe.

Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, sign an agreement to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. (SPA Photo)

Kattan visited the African country last month to explore cooperation and investment opportunities.

After a meeting with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Saudi minister had announced that the two countries will soon sign an agreement to establish diplomatic relations. – Saudi Gazette / Arab News ■

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