Saudi Arabia???s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdallah Y Al-Mouallimi is hoping to forge greater ties with Barbados and the region as part of his country???s thrust towards exploring new business opportunities.

He expressed this hope last Tuesday, during a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, at the Ministry on Culloden Road.

During the meeting, Mr. Abdallah said the dialogue would be used as ???the starting point of cooperation and opening new doors of communication???.

The Saudi official also used the occasion to give Minister McClean an update on his country???s candidatures for the Human Rights Council and the United Nations Security Council.

In response, the Foreign Minister said at the bilateral level, the conclusion of a Double Taxation Treaty was ???an excellent basis on which we could work given our focus on international business and international financial services???.

Saudia Arabia and Barbados established diplomatic ties on November 12, 2007.

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