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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Brazil and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic relations in 1968. In 1973, Brazil opened the Embassy in Jeddah and Saudi Arabia opened the Embassy in Brasília. In 1986, in the context of the transference of the Saudi capital to Riyadh, the Brazilian diplomatic representation was transferred to this city.

In May 2009, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in office at the time, became the first Brazilian Chief of State to visit Saudi Arabia, followed by a business mission.

Saudi Arabia is the main trading partner of Brazil in the Middle East and it is our second largest oil supplier in the world after Nigeria. In 2012, bilateral trade reached over US$ 6 billion. Previously dominated by agricultural products, mainly meat and sugar, Brazilian exports to Saudi Arabia started including, from 2005, products with high added value, thanks to the sale of Embraer's airplanes.

Chronology of the Bilateral Relations

1890 – The cruiser "Almirante Barroso", at the time a training ship of the Brazilian Navy, visits the port of Jeddah, then under Ottoman domain, in circumnavigation scale

1968 – Establishment of the relations between Brazil and Saudi Arabia

1973 – The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Omar Al Sakkaf, meets with the President of Petrobras at that time, General Geisel, and with the future Foreign Minister Azevedo da Silveira in Rio de Janeiro

1975 – Brazil and Saudi Arabia sign Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement

1982 – Visit of Foreign Minister Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro and of the Finance Minister, Ernane Galveas, to Saudi Arabia

1984 – Signature of Protocol on Industrial-Military Cooperation during the visit of Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz al Saud, Saudi Arabian Minister of Defense and Aviation, to Brazil

1986 – Transference of the Brazilian Diplomatic Mission of Jeddah to Riyadh

1986 – Visit of Foreign Minister Roberto de Abreu Sodré to Saudi Arabia

2000 – Visit to Brazil from the then-Crown Prince, Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud - king between 2005 and 2015 (September)

2000 – Brazilian commercial mission (October)

2005 – Visit of Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to Jeddah and Riyadh (February)

2005 – Participation of the Saudi delegation, headed by Prince Saud al Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, at the 1st ASPA Summit in Brasília (May)

2005 – Brazilian Trade Mission to Riyadh (November)

2008 – Visit of the Foreign Minister at that time, Celso Amorim, to Saudi Arabia (February)

2008 – Visit to Rio de Janeiro of the Prince Nawaf Abdulaziz, Vice-President of the “Youth Welfare” and voting member of the IOC

2009 – Visit of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Riyadh (May 16-17)

2012 – The Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Fernando Pimentel, visits Saudi Arabia and meets the Ministers of Agriculture and Trade (February)

2012 – The Minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobão, participates on the ministerial meeting of the International Energy Forum in Riyadh (February)

2012 – Delegation headed by the Director-General of the Saudi Real Estate Development Fund, Mohammed Ali Alabdani, visits Brasília and is received by the Vice-President Michel Temer, and attends meetings at Caixa Econômica Federal and at the Ministry of Urban Development (May 9-11)  

2013 – The Saudi Ambassador, Hisham bin Sultan bin Zafir al Qahtani presents letters of credence to Ms. President of the Republic at Itamaraty Palace, in Brasília        

2013 – The Saudi DeputyForeign Minister and son of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al Saud, visits São Paulo to preside the award ceremony of the 6th King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud International Award for Translation

2015 – Visit to Brazil from a parliamentary delegation (March)

2015 – II Mixed Saudi-Brazilian Mixed Commission (April)

2015 Minister Mauro Vieira takes part in the ministerial meeting and in he 4th Summit of the South America-Arab Countries - ASPA, in Riyadh (November 9-11)

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