On Thursday, a reception was held in honor of Saudi Arabia’s 92nd National Day by Nayef Al-Fahadi, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia, to Japan.
Around 300 dignitaries, including representatives of the Japanese government, the Japanese parliament, academics, diplomats, members of the Arab and Muslim communities, and students and businesspeople from Saudi Arabia, attended the event, which was hosted at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo.
The Saudi and Japanese national anthems were played to kick off the event. Saudi dates and Arabic snacks were offered to the guests, along with videos and images showcasing features of Saudi advancements, tourism, and natural beauty.
Ambassador Al-Fahadi said in his welcoming remarks that “on the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I salute its children and friends around the world, looking forward to what our work has produced and what dreams we have achieved—a young, modern, prosperous country where stability and security are the themes of tomorrow and the next generation.”
Al-Fahadi emphasized how the Kingdom is looking to the future while also remembering those who have fought and given their lives in defense of their nation, most notably the monarch, who had a role in the formation of Saudi Arabia.
“I remember the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz, when he began his work more than 92 years ago and made his determination, his life and the arms of his men subject to the establishment of a modern country, wide in scope and high in ambition, which we see as a dream come true today, a dream that started from the founding of a city and the unification of arms and hearts to carrying the message of peace and prosperity to the people.”
Al-Fahadi extended greetings and emphasized the value of the Kingdom’s relationship with Japan on behalf of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, YAMADA Kenji, conveyed his congratulations.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the 92nd Anniversary of the National Foundation Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The relationship with Middle Eastern countries is critically important for Japan, in particular Saudi Arabia, Japan’s best and the most important friend.”
“I am confident that Saudi Arabia’s reforms, led by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed toward industry diversification, will contribute to further prosperity and stability of the region. Through the framework of Japan-Saudi Vision 2030, Japan will fully support the economic and social reforms of Saudi Arabia.”