Build bridges of cooperation: King

King Salman receives honorary doctorate in Moscow

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives an honorary doctorate on Saturday from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Saudi Gazette report

Moscow — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received an honorary doctorate on Saturday from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), operated by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

The doctorate, which acknowledges the King's role in strengthening relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia and his contribution to global stability, was awarded by the institute’s Rector Anatoly Torkunov.

The King thanked MGIMO for giving him the honorary doctorate.

“Science and knowledge are the bases for the advancement of nations by creating an educated generation that will lead society and contribute to enhancing tolerance and coexistence among people,” the King said in his acceptance speech.

“In this connection, we praise the heritage of the Arab and Islamic Ummah whose contributions in various fields to the advancement of civilization are testified by history,” the King said.

“We in the Kingdom attach a great importance to building a new generation that will contribute to advancing civilization and facing the contemporary challenges. The attention given to science and innovations, technological developments, and developing human skills are major pillars for development.

“From this rostrum I call upon universities and centers of science and research in our two countries to build bridges of inter-communication and cooperation to enhance the language of objective dialogue and develop joint research to serve our peoples and those in the world.”

The King, who is on a historic visit to Russia, held talks with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

“We are determined to push these relations to greater heights. In this context we would like to pay tribute to the fruitful discussions with President Vladimir Putin, in which it was agreed to strengthen cooperation between our two countries in various fields,” King Salman said in a meeting with Medvedev on Friday.

The King stressed that the achievement of peace and stability in the Gulf and the Middle East and the resolution of the crises in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere requires Iran to stop its expansionist policies and abide by the principles of good neighborliness.

King Salman noted that the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Russia in the field of oil have resulted in a production cut agreement, achieving a balance between the interests of consumers and producers.

“We reemphasize our keenness on the stability of the global oil market,” the King said while thanking Putin and Medvedev and the people of Russia for the warm reception to him and the accompanying delegation.

The Kingdom on Thursday signed preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defense systems and receive “cutting edge technologies” from Russia during King Salman’s landmark visit to Moscow.

At the Kremlin’s opulent St. Andrew's Hall, President Putin in televised remarks hailed King Salman’s visit as a “landmark” event. King Salman in his reply called Russia a “friendly nation” and said his country is committed to strengthen ties “in the interests of peace and security.”