15 Jan '12, 3pm

China's Wen holds talks in oil-rich Saudi

China's Wen holds talks in oil-rich Saudi

RIYADH: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh on the first stop of a Gulf tour, as tensions over Iran's nuclear programme spark fears of major oil supply disruptions, local media said. The Chinese leader met late Saturday with Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, who is Saudi's interior minister, the official SPA news agency reported. It added that the talks, also attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, focused on "bilateral relations and regional and international affairs." Saudi Arabia is the largest supplier of oil to energy-hungry China and bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to $58.5 billion in the first 11 months of 2011, according to Xinhua Chinese news agency. On Sunday, Wen held talks with the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanogl...

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