Concerning King Salman’s Asian tour, Mohammed al-Khunaizi a senior member of the Shoura Council told Arab News that the aim of the visit to the Southeast Asian countries is to sustain good relations with them and for the benefit of the Saudi economy that will reach Saudi Vision 2030 goals. The tour will also bring benefits to the Gulf states and the wider Islamic world and also the economy of the Kingdom, which will grow faster as a consequence of the signing of agreements worth billions of dollars. Moreover Dr. Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, a legal consultant and investment expert in Riyadh, said the tour comes at a time when the Kingdom is trying to diversify its economy and consolidate its relations with the Muslim world around Asia and the tour principal aim is to deepen relations between Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Asian countries in terms of economy but also security and stability.
Many experts expressed their opinion about King Salman’s visit to asian countries saying that it will carry investments useful to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 and will strengthen relations with the East Asian countries, which will let the Kingdom benefits of trade locations. For the board chairman of the Eastern Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry Al-Otaishan the visit and the openness to these countries will permit the Kingdom to diversify income sources and attract new expertise. The view of the businessmen is that the openness is the feature of the modern era and is key to gain new additions from countries like these which have accomplished a lot in terms of economic growth. Moreover Abdulbari Al-Nuwaihi, professor of economics at Prince Sultan Management College at Al-Faisal University in Jeddah, affrimed that the visit will increase political, milotary and economic cooperation between the Kingdom and these countries beside allow openness to new markets.
Turkish ambassador Yunus Demirer talking about the visit to the Kingdom of turkish President Erdogan, told the source that “the visit comes at a significant time and context”. Saudi Arabia and Turkey share same views on regional issues such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq and terrorism and for that reason their cooperation is very important to guarantee the stability in the region. Turkey ambassador also said that Gulf region is a priority in their external relations and he also added that Saudi Vision 2030 is an excellent opportunity for the future of bilateral economic relations.