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    Moscow and Riyadh continue preparations for the upcoming visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Russia, Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al Rasi told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The ambassador added that the parties were currently finalizing preparation of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding, which would be ready for signing during the visit.

    "Any visit of such a high level requires tremendous preparation, given that this is the first visit of the King to Russia. It will be a historic visit that will lay the foundation for strategic relations with Russia and open broad prospects for cooperation in all fields. In this regard, we are continuing to coordinate efforts with our Russian friends," the ambassador said.

    In April, the Russian parliament's upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said, following talks with the Saudi leader, that his visit may take place by the end of 2017. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir confirmed that King Salman had accepted an invitation to come to Moscow, and the terms of his visit were being discussed.

    On June 21, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said the sides had not agreed on the date of the visit as of yet.

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