Saudi king arrives in Tokyo for four-day visit

 12 Mar 2017 - 15:39

Saudi king arrives in Tokyo for four-day visit
The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (C) arrives at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

AFP

Tokyo: The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia arrived in Tokyo Sunday, making the first visit to Japan by a monarch from the oil-rich nation in nearly five decades.

The king, who was greeted by Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito at Haneda airport, will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday and as he kicks off the Japanese leg of a broader tour of Asia. 

King Salman, who will visit 83-year-old Emperor Akihito on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is the largest provider of oil exports for Japan, which relies on Middle East for energy to power the world's third largest economy.