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EU signs cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and the European Union signed a cooperation deal on Sunday, the bloc's foreign policy chief said.

Josep Borrell said on Twitter that he signed with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan a cooperation arrangement to reinforce ties through regular consultations on political, socioeconomic, security, and other topics.

"With 1st ever HumanRights dialogue this week it shows positive dynamics in our partnership," Borrell added, referring to the meeting held in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

As part of his first tour to the Gulf region, Borrell went to Saudi Arabia after visiting Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Borrell also said the EU was ready to pursue trade deals with Gulf countries, saying the bloc supported Saudi Arabia's modernization drive.

Brussels was also engaging on human rights and voiced hope the dialogue would produce "real results," he added.


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