Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has met his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on the fringes of the UN General Assembly. Among other things, the two Ministers discussed the situation in Syria. Germany and Saudi Arabia are members of the Small Group on Syria and in frequent contact concerning this issue. The continued aim of the two countries is to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria.
Saudi Arabia is a key and influential player in the Middle East and the problems in the region cannot be resolved without it. Saudi Arabia has long since been an important strategic partner for Germany. The Foreign Ministers discussed ways of improving bilateral relations and of creating more space for debating key regional and global issues.
At the subsequent press conference, Foreign Minister Maas announced that the German Government will continue to work to strengthen and enhance bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Al Jubeir invited his German opposite number to visit Riyadh in the near future.