RIYADH: Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday attended a welcoming ceremony held by Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the royal palace in the capital Riyadh.
Xi's car, under the escort of guards riding motorcycles and horses, arrived at the Al Yamamah Palace where the Saudi crown prince warmly greeted the Chinese president.
The leaders of the two countries stepped into a pavilion and the royal palace military band played the national anthems of China and Saudi Arabia.
Accompanied by the crown prince, Xi reviewed the guard of honour, who extended the most solemn welcome to the Chinese president with traditional sword-holding etiquette.
Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng, among others, attended the welcoming ceremony.