Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
The Saudi Crown Prince will attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Your Highness, colleagues and friends,
I am honoured to welcome you at the Kremlin.
First of all, I would like to wish you a happy Eid al-Fitr, the holiday which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Your Highness, we fondly recall the visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Please, convey our best regards to His Majesty. His visit gave a powerful boost to bilateral relations, which are developing rapidly in politics and the economy. However, there is still much to be done here, though it is already clear that our cooperation is very effective and is benefitting both Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation.
We are glad to see you in Moscow, including on the occasion of the World Cup opening and also because our teams are playing today.
You know about our warm feelings for you, but you will definitely understand my reluctance to wish success to your team. (Laughter.) The strongest team will win. We stand for fair, open and beautiful sport. Anyway, we will both enjoy the masterful play of our athletes.
I am delighted to see you.
To be continued.