China and Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of global oil market stability and Riyadh’s role in achieving this balance, following a three-day Saudi visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“The People’s Republic of China welcomed the Kingdom’s role as a supporter of the balance and stability in the world oil markets, and as reliable major exporter of crude oil to China,” said a joint statement published by Riyadh’s state-owned Saudi Press Agency.
China is the world’s largest crude oil importer, while Saudi Arabia is the greatest exporter of such resources and chairs the influential OPEC+ producers’ alliance.
Xi met both King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and his heir, Crown Prince and Saudi Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, according to Chinese official news agency Xinhua. The talks have so far resulted in the signing of a “comprehensive strategic partnership agreement” and 12 agreements and memoranda of understanding in topics including hydrogen, direct investment and economic development.
The two countries on Friday affirmed they will continue to “firmly support each other’s core interests,” sovereignty and territorial integrity, further pledging joint cooperation to ensure the “peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program” and urging Tehran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Chinese head of state has extended an invitation for King Salman to visit China “at a mutually convenient time,” the statement said.