LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will attend China’s summit in Beijing, the king’s spokesman said on Thursday, raising the possibility of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“King Salman is the head of the Saudi royal family and he will participate in the event,” Mohammed bin Salman told a news conference in Saudi Arabia.
He said he had received assurances from the Chinese government that the two leaders would have a constructive dialogue.
Xi, who took power in May, is scheduled to hold talks with the Saudi monarch in Beijing on March 21.
The monarch, who has been in office since 2013, has previously called for dialogue between China and its rival, the United States, to end regional tensions.