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RIYADH: The head of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on Thursday expressed the organisation’s support for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host Expo 2030, stressing that the Kingdom has great capabilities which allow it to hold a historic and successful version with the highest levels of innovation.

In a meeting with Saudi Royal Court Advisor Ahmed Qattan in Zambia, COMESA Acting Secretary General Dev Haman hailed Saudi Arabia’s tireless efforts in trying to consolidate its relations with all African countries. , the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He also welcomed the first Saudi-African summit and the fifth Arab-African summit to be held in Riyadh.

Advisor Qattan stressed that the inaugural Saudi-African summit emanates from the Kingdom’s desire to strengthen partnerships with all African countries.

He also hailed the support of African states for Saudi Expo’s bid.

Five countries – Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Italy, Ukraine and Russia – are vying to host the global event.

Nigeria, Mauritius, Kenya, Zambia, Djibouti, Morocco and Cameroon were among other countries that had previously pledged full support for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the event. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has supported Riyadh’s bid to host Expo 2030.

Dubai hosted the most recent expo – from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 – while the next will be held in Osaka, Kansai, Japan, from April to October 2025.

Gerald R. Schneider