Telephone conversation with King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2018-02-14 17:30:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The King of Saudi Arabia expressed his condolences regarding the airplane crash on February 11. In line with the agreements reached during the King’s state visit to Russia in October 2017, the parties discussed a wide range of bilateral cooperation issues, particularly in trade, the economy and in the military industry. The President and the King expressed willingness to strengthen constructive cooperation in the global hydrocarbons market. They also continued exchanging views on the situation in Syria, including the outcome of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. During the discussion of the situation in the Persian Gulf, the King of Saudi Arabia specifically touched on Qatar’s relations with several other states. The Russian leader emphasised that the current critical situation is not helping the consolidation of joint efforts against the terrorist threat and stabilisation in the Middle East in general. The parties agreed on further contacts at different levels.