50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Finland.
Waqar Naseem Wamiq, Riyadh – This year marks 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Finland. Bilateral relations were established during the reign of King Faisal in 1969. Finland opened its first embassy in Jeddah in 1974. From where it moved to Riyadh in 1985 along with the other foreign diplomatic missions. Saudi Arabia opened an embassy in Helsinki in 2008.
To commemorate the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Embassy of Finland in Riyadh organized a concert on Thursday, December 12. Firstly, with a Finnish violin duo, Kotila & Valtonen. Secondly, Saudi oud player, Mr. Mohammed bin Khnain. Lastly, the three musicians performed music from both European and Middle Eastern musicians and composers, such as Armas Järnefelt and Fairuz.
H.E. Mr. Antti Rytövuori
Finnish Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.E. Mr. Antti Rytövuori noted in his opening speech that “Our relations are excellent. But, we see new opportunities for expanding the cooperation emerging all the time”. Cooperation is developing fast especially in the economic sector, namely education, health, mining, and ICT.
“What better way to [celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations] than a concert combining the music from our countries and regions, representing the cultures of our two countries, and played by young talented musicians from both Finland and Saudi Arabia”, said H.E. Mr. Rytövuori in his speech.