Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo credit: SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that Moscow is ready to strengthen relations with the Arab League and all its nation members during the 31st summit of the Arab League in Algeria on 1 November, TASS news agency reported.
Putin’s message focused on strengthening regional and global security, “We believe that the military and political issues that the Middle East and North Africa are facing, including the Syrian and Libyan crises and the Yemeni and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, should be resolved based on universally recognized international laws,” he added.
The statement called for respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Middle Eastern and North African countries play an important role in the process, Putin said.
“Undoubtedly, the tasks of improving the international situation and opposing the threats and challenges of our time increase the demand for coordinated collective efforts and significantly raise the importance of representative organizations such as the Arab League, he explained.
“I hope that it is necessary to increase the importance of representative organizations such as the Arab League in the international arena,” Putin noted.
The summit’s agenda includes regional issues, such as the situation in Yemen, Libya, and Syria as well as the Palestinian issue. In addition, ensuring food security and strengthening relations between Arab countries in the face of current world conditions.
Meanwhile, on 27 October, the Russian President praised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and described him as “a young, determined man of character,” adding that he deserved “respect” for seeking a balanced position in the oil market in line with his country’s national interests, Reuters reported.
During the Valdai discussion club, Putin affirmed that Saudi Arabia is a rapidly developing country: “This is also due to the fact that the Crown Prince, the government of Saudi Arabia has very big plans for diversifying the economy, which is very important. They have entire national development plans designed for this goal.”
He underlined the importance of boosting ties with Saudi Arabia and developing relations with this country, both bilaterally and on multilateral platforms.
He also expressed his support for Saudi Arabia joining the BRICS group which is formed of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.