Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan announced: "the expected visit of the Chinese president to the kingdom" after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich kingdom's foreign minister has said, days after Xi secured a third term in office.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan hailed the "historical and solid relationship" between the major oil exporter and Beijing after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday.
"Our meeting today comes at an important time, as it precedes the expected visit of the Chinese president to the kingdom," Prince Faisal told the Al Arabiya TV channel.
Saudi Arabia is also "finalising arrangements" for summit talks between China and Arab countries, he added.
Xi, who extended his decade in power last week, has only left China once since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when he visited Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in September.
The Chinese embassy in Saudi Arabia did not comment when asked about Xi's expected visit.
China's ministry of foreign affairs meanwhile said it had "no information to offer" on the matter.
Tense US-Saudi ties
The potential visit comes at a time of strained ties between Saudi Arabia and long-standing ally the United States after OPEC+ slashed oil production, ignoring pleas from Washington.
The decision infuriated US President Joe Biden, who flew to Saudi Arabia in July, fist-bumping with de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 37.
Wang said Saudi Arabia occupies a "priority position in China's overall diplomacy", according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Xi visited Saudi Arabia in January 2016 – the year before Prince Mohammed was named as heir to the throne, ushering in a period of reform.
The Saudi prince made the trip to China in early 2019.
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